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Deploy Shallow Neural Network Simulink Diagrams

The function gensim generates block descriptions of networks so you can simulate them using Simulink® software.


The second argument to gensim determines the sample time, which is normally chosen to be some positive real value.

If a network has no delays associated with its input weights or layer weights, this value can be set to -1. A value of -1 causes gensim to generate a network with continuous sampling.


Here is a simple problem defining a set of inputs p and corresponding targets t.

p = [1 2 3 4 5];
t = [1 3 5 7 9];

The code below designs a linear layer to solve this problem.

net = newlind(p,t)

You can test the network on your original inputs with sim.

y = sim(net,p)

The results show the network has solved the problem.

y =
      1.0000    3.0000    5.0000    7.0000    9.0000

Call gensim as follows to generate a Simulink version of the network.


The second argument is -1, so the resulting network block samples continuously.

The call to gensim opens the following Simulink Editor, showing a system consisting of the linear network connected to a sample input and a scope.

To test the network, double-click the input Constant x1 block on the left.

The input block is actually a standard Constant block. Change the constant value from the initial randomly generated value to 2, and then click OK.

Select the menu option Simulation > Run. Simulink takes a moment to simulate the system.

When the simulation is complete, double-click the output y1 block on the right to see the following display of the network’s response.

Note that the output is 3, which is the correct output for an input of 2.

Suggested Exercises

Here are a couple exercises you can try.

Change the Input Signal

Replace the constant input block with a signal generator from the standard Simulink Sources blockset. Simulate the system and view the network’s response.

Use a Discrete Sample Time

Recreate the network, but with a discrete sample time of 0.5, instead of continuous sampling.


Again, replace the constant input with a signal generator. Simulate the system and view the network’s response.

Generate Functions and Objects

For information on simulating and deploying shallow neural networks with MATLAB® functions, see Deploy Shallow Neural Network Functions.