# The nonlinearity problem : Mutlilayer Perceptron [nn part 3]

Hello humans, by now you should know what the heck is a perceptron : a way to
find the parameters **w** and *b* of a binary linear classifer. Recall that we
will be using the following definition of a b.l.c :

With a perceptron we can easily find appropriate values of *b* and **w** to
compute many boolean functions. For example, we can do it easily with the “OR”
function :

The “OR” function has the following truth table :

x1 | x2 | x1 + x2 |
---|---|---|

1 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

0 | 0 | 0 |

If we plot these values, we can see that we can separate them by a line :

So, we have binary values and they are linearly separable, therefore we can implement this function using a perceptron by setting :

(Note that we could have used other values). Just to make sure it works, let’s manually compute the result :

x1 | x2 | 10*x1 + 10*x2 - 5 | H |
---|---|---|---|

1 | 1 | 15 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 5 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 5 | 1 |

0 | 0 | -5 | 0 |

Ok, nice, but what about the XOR function ?

x1 | x2 | x1 xor x2 |
---|---|---|

1 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

0 | 0 | 0 |

Try to separate these points by a single line…

Yep, you can’t. Perceptrons can only classify linearly separable data.

But let’s try to be a little bit smart and go back to the definition of the “Xor” :

The xor function is made of 3 basic operations : one OR, and two ANDs. The two ANDs are really similar, let’s call them “partial xor”.

If we focus on one of the partial xor, we can write :

This function has the following truth table :

x1 | x2 | x1 Pxor x2 |
---|---|---|

1 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

0 | 0 | 0 |

If we plot it, we can see that we can separate the true value from the false by a line.

We can use a perceptron, if we set (for example) :

If we want to use the same weight vector to implement the second partial xor, we just need to switch the rows of *x1* and *x2* in **x** :

Now that we have a way to represent these 3 operations with perceptrons. We can link them together and build a 2-layer perceptron :

By building a multilayer percetron, we can classify non-linearly separable data.

## what’s next

The last 3 articles were just an introduction to the subject of neural networks. They will help us understand what neurons are, how they work, why we use multilayers neural networks.

Let’s gooo

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