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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Had the same assignment (graduated in 2000) in my final year... our team members were for VB, Java and Perl (Perl was just me).. but at that time, the intricacies of PDL were a bit too much for me, so I abandoned the idea of Perl and we ended up doing it in VB

    As it turned out, Perl benched slightly slower than Java and about the same as VB for a 3 layer back propagation network.. We had loads of fun though... the assignment required that we build a character recognition system (any alpha numeric char is valid), and additionally, we needed to build a calculator (scribble digits on a scratchpad and it adds, multiplies etc etc)...

    Having been through "network training hell", I can tell you, the coding is basically about 1% of the effort required here :o) if you have an open ended problem with no "ideal" configuration already given, you need to try out an endless series of algorithms and layer permutations to get it going right.. We tried Hebbian, back prop and *mumble* several other thingies which I've allowed myself to forget ;o)

    Perhaps a search on CPAN might help, though ? I *know* I saw some ANN related Perl modules there, no idea about maintenance.. try this search [cpan.org] if you haven't already, might start you off at square 2 or 3 as opposed to 1 ;o)