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Continuous attractors of a class of recurrent neural networks. (English) Zbl 1165.34392
Summary: Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) may possess continuous attractors, a property that many brain theories have implicated in learning and memory. There is good evidence for continuous stimuli, such as orientation, moving direction, and the spatial location of objects could be encoded as continuous attractors in neural networks. The dynamical behaviors of continuous attractors are interesting properties of RNNs. This paper proposes studying the continuous attractors for a class of RNNs. In this network, the inhibition among neurons is realized through a kind of subtractive mechanism. It shows that if the synaptic connections are in Gaussian shape and other parameters are appropriately selected, the network can exactly realize continuous attractor dynamics. Conditions are derived to guarantee the validity of the selected parameters. Simulations are employed for illustration.

34K05General theory of functional-differential equations
37C70Attractors and repellers, topological structure
92B20General theory of neural networks (mathematical biology)
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