I recently had an article published on Oracle Developer Community website about Understanding, Building and Using Neural Network Machine Learning Models with Oracle 18c. I’ve also had a 2 Minute Tech Tip (2MTT) video about this topic and article. Oracle 18c Database brings prominent new machine learning algorithms, including Neural Networks and Random Forests. While many articles are available on machine learning, most of them concentrate on how to build a model. Very few talk about how to use these new algorithms in your applications to score or label new data. This article will explain how Neural Networks work, how to build a Neural Network in Oracle Database, and how to use the model to score or label new data. What are Neural Networks? Over the past couple of years, Neural Networks have attracted a lot of attention thanks to their ability to efficiently find patterns in data—traditional transactional data, as well as images, sound, streaming data, etc. But for some implementations, Neural Networks can require a lot of additional computing resources due to the complexity of the many hidden layers within the network. Figure 1 gives a very simple representation of a Neural Network with one hidden layer. All the inputs are connected to a neuron in the hidden layer (red circles). A neuron takes a set of numeric values as input and maps them to a single output value. (A neuron is a simple multi-input linear regression function, where the output is passed through an activation function.) Two common activation functions are logistic and tanh functions. There are many others, including logistic sigmoid function, arctan function, bipolar sigmoid function, etc. Continue reading the rest of the article here.
The 18c Oracle DBaaS is now available. This is the only place that Oracle 18c will be available until later in 2018. So if you want to try it out, then you are going to need to get some Oracle Cloud credits, or you may already have a paying account for Oracle Cloud.
The following outlines the steps you need to go through to gets Oracle 18c setup.
1. Log into your Oracle Cloud
Log into your Oracle Cloud environment. Depending on your access path you will get to your dashboard.
Select Create Instance from the dashboard.
2. Create a new Database
From the list of services to create, select Database.
3. Click ‘Create Instance’
4. Enter the Database Instance details
Enter the details for your new Oracle 18c Database. I’ve called mine ‘db18c’.
Then for the Software Release dropdown list, select ‘Oracle Database 18c’.
Next select the Software Edition from the dropdown list.
5. Fill in the Instance Details
Fill in the details for ‘DB Name’, ‘PDB Name’, ‘Administration Password’, ‘Confirm Password’, setup the SSH Public Key, and then decide if you need the Backup and Recovery option.
6. Create the DBaaS
Double check everything and when ready click on the ‘Create’ button.
7. Wait for Everything to be Create
Now is the time to be patient and wait while your cloud service is created.
I’ve created two different version of the 18c Oracle DBaaS. The Enterprise Edition to 30 minutes to complete and the High Performance service too 47 minutes.
No it’s time to go play.