A Review of Artificial Neural Networks: How Well Do They Perform in Forecasting Time Series?
At the beginning of the 90’s, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) started their applications in finance. The ANNs are data-drive, self-adaptive and non-linear methods that do not require specific assumptions about the underlying model. In general, there are five groups of networks used as forecasting tools: 1) Feedforward Networks, like the Multilayer Perceptron (MLP), 2) Recurrent Networks, 3) Polynomial Networks, 4) Modular Networks, and 5) Support Vector Machine. This paper carries out a review of the specialized literature on ANNs and makes a comparative analysis according to their performance in forecasting stock indices and exchange rates. The objective is to assess the performance when applying different types of networks in relation to MLP. It is shown that the MLP is the best network in forecasting time series. However, it is shown that the MLP has important delimitations in several respects: network architecture, basic functions and initialization weights.
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