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In IEEE transactions on neural networks and learning systems

We propose a new generic type of artificial neurons called q-neurons. A q-neuron is a stochastic neuron with its activation function relying on Jackson's discrete q-derivative for a stochastic parameter q. We show how to generalize neural network architectures with q-neurons and demonstrate the scalability and ease of implementation of q-neurons into legacy deep learning frameworks. We report experimental results that consistently improve performance over state-of-the-art standard activation functions, both on training and test loss functions.

Nielsen Frank, Sun Ke