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# Learning Recurrent Neural Net Models of Nonlinear Systems

*Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Learning for Dynamics and Control*, PMLR 144:425-435, 2021.

#### Abstract

We consider the following learning problem: Given sample pairs of input and output signals generated by an unknown nonlinear system (which is not assumed to be causal or time-invariant), we wish to find a continuous-time recurrent neural net with hyperbolic tangent activation function that approximately reproduces the underlying i/o behavior with high confidence. Leveraging earlier work concerned with matching output derivatives up to a given finite order, we reformulate the learning problem in familiar system-theoretic language and derive quantitative guarantees on the sup-norm risk of the learned model in terms of the number of neurons, the sample size, the number of derivatives being matched, and the regularity properties of the inputs, the outputs, and the unknown i/o map.