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NeuroCraft

is a complete software toolkit for
developing and fielding decision support
applications using advanced neural network
technology. Neural networks provide basic building
blocks for applications that require capabil
ities in
pattern recognition
,
forecasting,
or
decision
making
.

Neural networks learn from examples or from on
-
line experience. Classical mathematical techniques
require hand
-
built, carefully calibrated formulas
which are then set in stone. Traditional expe
rt
systems require developers to specify detailed
reasoning steps that are then mimicked over and
over again for new problems. However, neural
networks require only the raw data, the possible
responses, and some means of evaluating their
past output to pro
vide continuously adapting,
optimal performance for the modern business
environment.

W
HEN TO USE
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Management Information Systems and Decision
Support Systems are commissioned daily to help
managers and their analysts understand the
marketplace a
nd improve their performance. When
can a neural network system be valuable


or
even indispensable


to their success?

There is more information in the raw data than
can be understood from summaries or graphs.

If a manager simply wants to visualize trends

or
track sales performance, raw data presentations
are sufficient. However, if the patterns in the data
are not obvious, a neural network can find those
patterns and use them to categorize the situation,
to reliably predict upcoming changes, to predict
ou
tcomes of business decisions based on the data,
or even to recommend optimal decisions.


Subtle or radical market shifts occur
unpredictably.

It is hard enough for dedicated analysts to provide
consistent solutions when conditions are stable.
When subtle s
hifts can occur in the underlying data
or when radical changes are caused by external
influences, a competent neural system can quickly
distinguish these from normal fluctuations and
adapt appropriately.

Data analysis must be performed consistently
and rep
eatedly.

Even for simple problems, it is difficult for analysts
to provide the same level of performance day in
and day out. A neural network can automate
frequent analysis and greatly enhance quality and
productivity.

Slightly better or faster results, re
peated over
and over, can have a large revenue impact.

When complex problems have large bottom
-
line
impacts, even a slightly more optimal or more
timely solution can be a business discriminator in
the competitive marketplace. NeuroCraft can often
provide f
aster and better solutions on desktop
computers than can traditional Operations
Research methods requiring large mainframes and
hours of computing time.

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HERE TO USE
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Businesses have successfully applied neural
network technology to thousands of
problems. A
small sample includes:



Forecasting consumer trends



for
example, USAir is using nightly neural network
forecasts of passenger preferences to allocate
discount tickets on all of its flights, with a
reported rev
enue increase of over $120 million
US dollars.



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Forecasting stock market indicators and
individual stock performance



for
example, the John Deere pension fund is
profitably trading $100 million US dollars based
solely

on neural network forecasts.



Adaptive control of fly
-
by
-
wire feedback in
fighter aircraft



McDonnell Douglas (now
Boeing) is now doing full scale testing of a
system that can keep fighters in the air


even
after losing
a wing in combat!

And many, many more applications are now
online…



Categorizing credit risk



Adaptive control of chemical processing



Detecting breast cance
r in mammograms



Forecasting electrical power consumption



Detecting ground clutter contamination of
weather radar data...

H
OW TO USE
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After the problem analysis has determined a r
ole
for a neural network, a network architecture must
be specified. There are a few basic designs that
are appropriate for most problems and a few
simple rules can be used to determine which to
use. For most problems, in
-
house developers will
construct the

network using a graphical user
interface and mouse. The network is then
calibrated and tested without writing one line of
code. The network results can be output to a file, a
database, or a graphic display, or the network can
be embedded in a larger appli
cation.

However, for more complex problems, NeuroCraft
provides a level of architectural sophistication and
design possibilities far beyond that of first
-
generation neural network tools. Neuronics
provides on
-
site consulting and training to leverage
these
capabilities to improve the quality of an in
-
house solution or to make a solution feasible that
could not have been deployed otherwise.

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NETWORKS USED IN LAR
GE
APPLICATIONS
?

The NeuroCraft software is embedded in the
VisualWorks Smalltalk

development environment
from ParcPlace
-
Digitalk, the premier provider of
object
-
oriented software tools for business.
1

VisualWorks provides a complete set of software
tools for developing portable applications that can
be hosted on the Windows operating s
ystem and
on most varieties of UNIX, even large
multiprocessor systems processing gigabytes of
data.

VisualWorks provides graphical user interface tools
for rapid development as well as direct interfaces
to popular relational databases and to the new
objec
t
-
oriented databases. Or, VisualWorks can
link to existing systems and software from other
vendors to provide seamless integration.

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EURO
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RAFT IS NOT JUST
ANOTHER NEURAL NETWO
RK

The NeuroCraft design is based on years of
experience in building custom neura
l network and
artificial intelligence applications. Three
requirements were rigorously followed during
development:

1.

Flexibility
: NeuroCraft software is completely
object
-
oriented and can be configured into
virtually any network architecture, including
advanced multi
-
network systems for very fast
adaptation to environmental changes.

2.

Power
: NeuroCraft contains the most
advanced calibration algorithms available to
minimize calibration time and maximize quick
adaptation to changing conditions

3.

Extendib
ility
: NeuroCraft's internal structure is
based on object design patterns that are easily
extended when new algorithms or capabilities
emerge from the research labs.



1
Neuronics is an approved

ParcPlace
-
Digitalk
business partner.




3

Here is a brief list of novel capabilities provided
by Neuronics:



NeuroCraft is the only commercial system
that contains robust time series calibration,
where measurement error is correctly
accounted for.



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W
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START
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Neuronics provides several paths to obtain neural
network solutions: from NeuroCraft source code
and development environment for use by in
-
ho
use
personnel, to complete turnkey applications
developed and delivered by Neuronics


or
anywhere in
-
between.

Neuronics is not just a tool vendor. We are
dedicated to the construction and deployment of
successful applications. Neuronics personnel are
avai
lable to discuss the needs of your business
and how you can profit from advanced neural
network technology.




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OR MORE INFORMATION




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