Authors

Alan Murray, Peter Edwards

Abstract

We analyse the effects of analog noise on the synaptic arithmetic during MultiLayer Perceptron training, by expanding the cost func(cid:173) tion to include noise-mediated penalty terms. Predictions are made in the light of these calculations which suggest that fault tolerance, generalisation ability and learning trajectory should be improved by such noise-injection. Extensive simulation experiments on two distinct classification problems substantiate the claims. The re(cid:173) sults appear to be perfectly general for all training schemes where weights are adjusted incrementally, and have wide-ranging implica(cid:173) tions for all applications, particularly those involving "inaccurate" analog neural VLSI.