A long short-term memory network is a type of recurrent neural network (RNN). LSTMs are predominantly used to learn, process, and classify sequential data because these networks can learn long-term dependencies between time steps of data. Common LSTM applications include sentiment analysis, language modeling, speech recognition, and video analysis.
LSTM Applications and Examples
Radar Target Classification
Classify radar returns using a Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network in MATLAB
Wake up a system when a user speaks a predefined keyword
Train a deep learning LSTM network to generate text word-by-word
Classifying ECG Signals
Categorize ECG signals, which record the electrical activity of a person's heart over time, as Normal or AFib
Water Distribution System Scheduling
Generate an optimal pump scheduling policy for a water distribution system using reinforcement learning (RL)
Classify video by combining a pretrained image classification model and an LSTM network
Technical Features of RNN and LSTM
LSTM networks are a specialized form of RNN architecture. The differences between the architectures and the advantages of LSTMs are highlighted in this section.
Basic structure of recurrent neural network (RNN).
In practice, simple RNNs are limited in their capacity to learn longer-term dependencies. RNNs are commonly trained through backpropagation, in which they may experience either a ‘vanishing’ or ‘exploding’ gradient problem. These problems cause the network weights to either become very small or very large, limiting effectiveness in applications that require the network to learn long-term relationships.
To overcome this issue, LSTM networks use additional gates to control what information in the hidden cell is exported as output and to the next hidden state . The additional gates allow the network to learn long-term relationships in the data more effectively. Lower sensitivity to the time gap makes LSTM networks better for analyzing sequential data than simple RNNs.
In addition to the hidden state in traditional RNNs, the architecture for an LSTM block typically has a memory cell, input gate, output gate, and forget gate, as shown below.
The weights and biases to the input gate control the extent to which a new value flows into the cell. Similarly, the weights and biases to the forget gate and output gate control the extent to which a value remains in the cell and the extent to which the value in the cell is used to compute the output activation of the LSTM block, respectively.
For more details on the LSTM network, see Deep Learning Toolbox™.