Artificial Neural Network System for Memory Modification.
Patent, Filed 27 Jun 91, patented 7 Apr 92,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An artificial neural network, which has a plurality of neurons each receiving a plurality of inputs whose effect. is determined by adjust able weights at synapses individually connecting the inputs to the neuron to provide a sum signal to a sigmoidal function generator determining the output of the neuron, undergoes memory modification by a steepest-descent method in which individual variations in the outputs of the neurons are successively generated by small perturbations imposed on the sum signals. As each variation is generated on the output of a neuron, an overall error of all the neuron outputs in relation to their desired values is measured and compared to this error prior to the perturbation. The difference in these errors, with adjustments which may be changed as the neuron outputs converge toward their desired values, is used to modify each weight of the neuron presently subjected to the perturbation.
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