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Neural Network Modeling

  • Tuition USD $1,800 GSA  $1,450.88
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4733 Ratings
  • Course Code DMNN5
  • Duration 2 days
  • Available Formats Classroom
This course helps you understand and apply two popular artificial neural network algorithms: multi-layer perceptrons and radial basis functions. Both the theoretical and practical issues of fitting neural networks are covered. Specifically, this course teaches you how to choose an appropriate neural network architecture, how to determine the relevant training method, how to implement neural network models in a distributed computing environment, and how to construct custom neural networks using the NEURAL procedure.

The e-learning format of this course includes Virtual Lab time to practice.

Skills Gained

  • Construct multilayer perceptron and radial basis function neural networks.
  • Choose an appropriate network architecture and training method.
  • Avoid overfitting neural networks.
  • Perform autoregressive time series analysis using neural networks.
  • Interpret neural network models.
  • Implement neural networks in a distributed computing environment.

Who Can Benefit

  • Data analysts and modelers with a strong mathematical background


  • Before attending this course, you should:
  • Have an understanding of basic statistical concepts, which you can gain from the Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression course.
  • Have completed the SAS® Programming 1: Essentials course or have equivalent knowledge.
  • Be familiar with SAS Enterprise Miner software. You can gain this knowledge from the Applied Analytics Using SAS® Enterprise Miner™ course.
  • Have completed a college-level calculus course.

Course Details

Introduction to Neural Networks

  • Provide a brief history of neural networks.
  • Describe key concepts underlying neural networks.
  • Illustrate traditional approaches to nonlinear modeling.

Network Architecture

  • Define the linear perceptron neural network.
  • Describe combination and activation functions.
  • Show how a linear perceptron is a generalized linear model that is able to model many target distributions.
  • Detail multilayer and skip-layer perceptrons.
  • Detail ordinary and normalized radial basis functions.


  • Describe the problem of local minima.
  • Describe the parameter estimation methods.
  • Outline the optimization (training) techniques that are available in the Neural Network node.

NEURAL Procedure

  • Overview of PROC NEURAL.
  • Input selection using PROC NEURAL.
  • Define sequential network construction (SNC).
  • Illustrate the SNC paradigm.
  • Stochastic gradient descent.

Augmented Networks

  • Implementing a time delay neural network.
  • Interpreting a neural network with a continuous target.
  • Interpreting a neural network with a categorical target.

HP Neural Node

  • Outline the challenge of big data.
  • Introduce SAS High-Performance Analytics.
  • Describe the HP Neural node's interface.


  • DMDB procedure.
  • NEURAL procedure.

Empirical Partial Residuals

  • Generating empirical partial residual plots to guide variable selection.

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

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GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

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As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.

Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?

It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.

How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?

We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.

Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?

ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.

Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?

Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.

Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?

We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth.  We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.

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Will I get access to content after I complete a course?

You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.

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