# Why do we need zero centered activation function?

Table of Contents

- 1 Why do we need zero centered activation function?
- 2 Which activation function is best?
- 3 What does zero centered mean?
- 4 Which activation function is better and why?
- 5 What are the different activation functions used in neural network?
- 6 Why do we center an image zero?
- 7 Is the logistic activation function a zero-centered function?
- 8 What happens if no activation function is used in neural network?

## Why do we need zero centered activation function?

It is basically a shifted sigmoid neuron. However, its output is always zero-centered which helps since the neurons in the later layers of the network would be receiving inputs that are zero-centered. Hence, in practice, tanh activation functions are preffered in hidden layers over sigmoid.

**What is the best activation function in neural networks?**

The ReLU is the most used activation function in the world right now. Since, it is used in almost all the convolutional neural networks or deep learning. As you can see, the ReLU is half rectified (from bottom).

### Which activation function is best?

Choosing the right Activation Function

- Sigmoid functions and their combinations generally work better in the case of classifiers.
- Sigmoids and tanh functions are sometimes avoided due to the vanishing gradient problem.
- ReLU function is a general activation function and is used in most cases these days.

**Why do we use activation function in neural network?**

The purpose of the activation function is to introduce non-linearity into the output of a neuron. We know, neural network has neurons that work in correspondence of weight, bias and their respective activation function.

#### What does zero centered mean?

zero centering means that you process your data so that the mean (average) of your data lies on the zero. So in other words, you shifted your data with your new mean set to the zero. Mathematically this can be done by calculating the mean in your data, and subtracting each data item with that mean.

**Which activation function has its center at zero *?**

Hyperbolic Tangent Function

Ans: Tanh or Hyperbolic Tangent Function is the Zero centered Activation Function.

## Which activation function is better and why?

ReLU activation function is widely used and is default choice as it yields better results. If we encounter a case of dead neurons in our networks the leaky ReLU function is the best choice. ReLU function should only be used in the hidden layers.

**Why are nonlinear activation functions preferable?**

Non-linearity is needed in activation functions because its aim in a neural network is to produce a nonlinear decision boundary via non-linear combinations of the weight and inputs.

### What are the different activation functions used in neural network?

3 Types of Neural Networks Activation Functions

- Binary Step Function.
- Linear Activation Function.
- Sigmoid/Logistic Activation Function.
- The derivative of the Sigmoid Activation Function.
- Tanh Function (Hyperbolic Tangent)
- Gradient of the Tanh Activation Function.
- ReLU Activation Function.
- The Dying ReLU problem.

**Why is bias important in neural network?**

Bias allows you to shift the activation function by adding a constant (i.e. the given bias) to the input. Bias in Neural Networks can be thought of as analogous to the role of a constant in a linear function, whereby the line is effectively transposed by the constant value.

#### Why do we center an image zero?

if one normalize the image pixel values to range [0, 1], is it have a benefit to also do zero centering? Zero centering variables improves ML models performance. Activation functions tend to be very responsive to weights’ changes especially around zero.

**How do you center the zero?**

Zero-Center Images Zero centering means that you process your image so that the mean of your image lies on the zero. Mathematically this can be done by calculating the mean in your images and subtracting each image item with that mean.

## Is the logistic activation function a zero-centered function?

In the case of logistic activation function, the output is always positive and the output is always accumulated only towards one side (positive side) so it is not a zero-centered function. Why do we care about zero-centered functions?

**Is Relu a zero-centered activation function in CNN?**

Because of its simplicity, ReLu is used as a standard activation function in CNN. But still, ReLu is not a zero-centered function. Now Consider a case b (bias) takes on (or initialized to) a large negative value then the weighted sum of inputs is close to 0 and the neuron is not activated.

### What happens if no activation function is used in neural network?

Consider a case where no activation function is used in this network, then from the hidden layer 1 the calculated weighted sum of inputs will be directly passed to hidden layer 2 and it calculates a weighted sum of inputs and pass to the output layer and it calculates a weighted sum of inputs to produce the output. The output can be presented as

**Why do we use activation function in CNNs?**

So, considering the fact that activation function plays an important role in CNNs, proper use of activation function is very much necessary. Depending on the function it represents, activation functions can be either linear or non-linear and are used to control the outputs neural networks.