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Neural Networks - Cooperative Process

Cooperative Process

The winning neuron places the center of a topological neighborhood of cooperating neurons. Practically, a neuron that is firing tends to excite the neurons in its immediate neighborhood more than those farther away from this, which is intuitively satisfying. Such observation leads to make the topological neighborhood around the winning neuron i, decay smoothly along with lateral distance. To be exact let hj,i indicate the topological neighborhood centered on winning neuron i, and encompassing a set of j or excited neurons. Assume di,j indicate the lateral distance between winning neuron i and excited neuron j. Then an assumption can be made that the topological neighborhood hj,i is a uni-modal function of the lateral distance dj,i, such that it satisfies two distinct needs as:

  • The topological neighborhood hj,i is symmetric to the maximum point defined by dj,i = 0; in other words it gets its maximum value at the winning neuron i, for which the distance dj,i is zero.
  • The amplitude of the topological neighborhood hj,i reduces monotonically along with the increasing lateral distance dj,i, decaying to zero for dj,i → ∞; it is necessary condition for convergence.

A typical choice of hj,i such satisfies these needs is Gaussian function:

                                                       hij(x) = exp{-(d2j,i)/2s2}..............................Eqn(15)

This is translational invariant

 The parameter σ is the "effective width" of topological neighborhood; this measures the degree to which excited neurons in the vicinity of the winning neuron participate in the learning method or process. This also makes the SOM algorithm converge faster than a rectangular topological neighborhood would.

For cooperation in between neighboring neurons to hold, this is essential that topological neighborhood be dependent on lateral distance between excited neuron j and winning neurons i in the output space quite than on some distance measure in the original output space. It is precisely what we have in Eq. 15. In case of one dimensional lattice, di,j is an integer equivalent to | i - j |. On the other hand, in case of a two dimensional lattice is explained by:

                                                            d2= || rj  - ri ||...................................Eqn(16)

Where the distance rj shows the position of excited neuron j and ri shows the discrete position of winning neuron i, both of this are measured in the discrete output space.

Other unique feature of the SOM algorithm is the size of the topological neighborhood shrinks along with time. It requirement is satisfied by making the width σ of the topological neighborhood function hi,j decrease along with time. A popular alternative of the dependence of σ upon discrete time n is the exponential decay.

                                                           s(n) = s0 exp(-(n/ t1))..............................Eqn(17)

Whereas σ0 is the value of σ at the initiation of the SOM algorithm and

And τ1 is a time constant.


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