Artificial neural networks have been used in a staggering number of applications. Not all of them can be listed here, but the authors will highlight areas where neural networks have found success. As has been pointed out, neural networks are very good at mapping inputs to outputs. This ability to map inputs to outputs is very useful in function approximation, pattern recognition, and database mining. The authors present examples showing how neural networks can be applied in these areas without becoming overly detailed. Several come from the authors' work experience, while others come from publicly available data sources.
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