288 pp. per issue
6 x 9, illustrated
2014 Impact factor:

Neural Computation

August 15, 1999, Vol. 11, No. 6, Pages 1475-1491
(doi: 10.1162/089976699300016322)
© 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Learning to Design Synergetic Computers with an Extended Symmetric Diffusion Network
Article PDF (288.92 KB)

This article proposes an extended symmetric diffusion network that is applied to the design of synergetic computers. The state of a synergetic computer is translated to that of order parameters whose dynamics is described by a stochastic differential equation. The order parameter converges to the Boltzmann distribution, under some condition on the drift term, derived by the Fokker-Planck equation. The network can learn the dynamics of the order parameters from a nonlinear potential. This property is necessary to design the coefficient values of the synergetic computer. We propose a searching function for the image processing executed by the synergetic computer. It is shown that the image processing with the searching function is superior to the usual image-associative function of synergetic computation. The proposed network can be related, as a special case, to the discrete-state Boltzmann machine by some transformation. Finally, the extended symmetric diffusion network is applied to the estimation problem of an entire density function, as well as the proposed searching function for the image processing.