Abstract

An optical associative neural network with a stochastic thresholding procedure has been demonstrated. The use of stochastic processing drastically improved the convergence rate into the correct global minima (recognition rate). The properties of undesirable spurious minima were also investigated. It was found that the spurious minima were represented as the mixed states of the stored vectors. A useful method to estimate the required noise level to vanish the spurious minima is described.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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