I am building a machine learning model to attempt to predict the winner of a sports match based on historical statistics of the two teams.
My model (a neural network) appears to get about 70% accuracy on test data which was better than I expected. However there are some weird things going on with the accuracy and loss over time charts.
(Blue is training data, red is test data)
As you can see, the accuracy starts off flat, then at about 1000 training iterations it jumps straight to very close to the final values. It appears to get stuck predicting the same winners for each match in the first 1000 iterations despite the loss dropping significantly in that time.
The other thing I'm not sure about is how closely the loss functions for training and test data match. it looks like they are the same just offset.
What could be going wrong here? I'm not sure what direction to look.
My loss function is cross entropy, activation is ReLU, regularization is dropout. Weights are initialized with truncated normal distribution. The network itself is just a 5 layer feed forward ANN using Adam for training.