# Review — Gaussian Error Linear Units (GELUs)

## GELU, Outperforms ReLU and ELU, in CV, NLP and Speech Tasks

Gaussian Error Linear Units (GELUs)GELU, by University of California, and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago2016 arXiv, Over 600 Citations(Sik-Ho Tsang @ Medium)

Activation Unit, Image Classification, POS Tagging, Phone Recognition

**The GELU nonlinearity weights inputs by their value**, rather than gates inputs by their sign as in ReLUs.**Performance improvements**are obtained across all considered*computer vision, natural language processing,*and*speech tasks*.

# Outline

**Gaussian Error Linear Unit (GELU)****Experimental Results**

**1. Gaussian Error Linear Unit (GELU)**

- ReLU deterministically multiplying the input by zero or one and Dropout stochastically multiplying by zero.

Specifically, the neuron input

xcan be multiplied by m~Bernoulli(Φ(x)), where Φ(x) = P(X≤x); X~N(0, 1) is the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution.

This distribution is chosen since neuron inputs tend to follow a normal distribution, especially with Batch Normalization.

- Since
**the cumulative distribution function of a Gaussian is often computed with the error function**, the**Gaussian Error Linear Unit (GELU)**is defined as:

- The above equation is
**approximated**as:

- or:

- if
**greater feedforward speed**is worth the cost of exactness. - Different
*N*(*μ*,*σ*) can be used as**CDF**, but in this paper,.*N*(0, 1) is used

# 2. Experimental Results

## 2.1. MNIST Classification

- Fully connected networks with
**8-layer, 128 neuron wide**neural network are trained for 50 epochs with a batch size of 128.

GELU tends to have the lowest median training log loss with and withoutDropout.

## 2.2. MNIST Autoencoder

- A deep autoencoder is trained on MNIST using self-supervised setting.
**The network is with layers of width 1000, 500, 250, 30, 250, 500, 1000**, in order.

GELU accommodates different learning rates and significantly outperforms the other nonlinearities.

## 2.3. TIMIT Frame Classification

- Phone recognition with the
**TIMIT dataset**which has recordings of**680 speakers**in a noiseless environment. - The system is a
**5-layer, 2048-neuron wide classifier**with**39 output phone labels**and a Dropout rate of 0.5.

After

five runsper setting,median test errorchosen at the lowest validation error is29.3% for the GELU, 29.5% for the ReLU, and 29.6% for the ELU.

## 2.4. CIFAR-10/100 Classification

- A shallower convolutional neural network of
**9-layer**is trained to test CIFAR-10. Each curve is a median of three runs.

On

CIFAR-10, ultimately, theGELU obtains a median error rate of 7.89%, the ReLU obtains 8.16%, and the ELU obtains 8.41%.

- On CIFAR-100, WRN with 40 layers and a widening factor of 4 is trained.
- Over three runs we obtain the median convergence curves are shown above.

On

CIFAR-100, theGELU achieves a median error of 20.74%, the ReLU obtains 21.77%, and the ELU obtains 22.98%.