By Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham

ISBN-10: 1909396613

ISBN-13: 9781909396616

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Thus the probability that the neuron does not fire at time j is 1 — /(y*7 • w-7). a n ,... Cognition as generalized language 35 A little more work leads to a fairly standard neural network model in which the network is trained by appropriately varying the w through least squares or other error minimization feedback. This can be shown to, essentially, replicate rate distortion arguments, as we can use the error definition to define a distortion function d(y, y) which measures the difference between the training pattern y and the network output y as a function of, for example, the inverse number of training cycles, K.

1999) and the generalization by Parker et al. (2003, fig. 1) observe bifurcations which Tishby et al. (1999) in fact describe as "[bifurcating] at some finite (critical) [parameter], through a second-order phase transition... " Both groups treat such phenomena as sidelights to an optimization calculation, while here we take them as central to the enterprise. Further from the critical point, matters are more complicated, appearing to involve Generalized Onsager Relations and a kind of thermodynamics associated with a Legendre transform of H: S = H - KdH/dK (Wallace, 2002a).

Activation of universality class tuning, the model's version of attentional focusing, then becomes itself a punctuated event in response to increasing linkage between the organism and an external structured signal or some particular system of internal events. The Fluctuating Dynamic Threshold 53 This iterated argument exactly parallels the extension of the General Linear Model to the Hierarchical Linear Model in regression theory (Byrk and Raudenbusch, 2001). 3. Following recent arguments of Gillooly et al.

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