I am currently taking a class in machine learning. I had mentioned to a coworker that we were learning about randomized optimization, specifically randomized hill climbing (RHC). He said that it was possible to use RHC instead of backpropagation to find good weights for a neural network. Unfortunately, we didn't get to finish the conversation, and it's been bugging me all weekend. Does anyone know what he meant by that?
I've been playing around with Weka, using the weka.classifiers.bayes.net.search.local.K2 classifier...but I'm just not seeing how that would give me weights that could be used by a neural network, such as the multilayer perceptron.