Analyzing the Energy Landscapes of Distributed Winner-Take-All Networks

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 1 (NIPS 1988)

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David Touretzky


DCPS (the Distributed Connectionist Production System) is a neural network with complex dynamical properties. Visualizing the energy landscapes of some of its component modules leads to a better intuitive understanding of the model, and suggests ways in which its dynamics can be controlled in order to improve performance on difficult cases.