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On The Computational Power Of Neural Nets
 JOURNAL OF COMPUTER AND SYSTEM SCIENCES
, 1995
"... This paper deals with finite size networks which consist of interconnections of synchronously evolving processors. Each processor updates its state by applying a "sigmoidal" function to a linear combination of the previous states of all units. We prove that one may simulate all Turing Machines by su ..."
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This paper deals with finite size networks which consist of interconnections of synchronously evolving processors. Each processor updates its state by applying a "sigmoidal" function to a linear combination of the previous states of all units. We prove that one may simulate all Turing Machines by such nets. In particular, one can simulate any multistack Turing Machine in real time, and there is a net made up of 886 processors which computes a universal partialrecursive function. Products (high order nets) are not required, contrary to what had been stated in the literature. Nondeterministic Turing Machines can be simulated by nondeterministic rational nets, also in real time. The simulation result has many consequences regarding the decidability, or more generally the complexity, of questions about recursive nets.
Computational Complexity Of Neural Networks: A Survey
, 1994
"... . We survey some of the central results in the complexity theory of discrete neural networks, with pointers to the literature. Our main emphasis is on the computational power of various acyclic and cyclic network models, but we also discuss briefly the complexity aspects of synthesizing networks fr ..."
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. We survey some of the central results in the complexity theory of discrete neural networks, with pointers to the literature. Our main emphasis is on the computational power of various acyclic and cyclic network models, but we also discuss briefly the complexity aspects of synthesizing networks from examples of their behavior. CR Classification: F.1.1 [Computation by Abstract Devices]: Models of Computationneural networks, circuits; F.1.3 [Computation by Abstract Devices ]: Complexity Classescomplexity hierarchies Key words: Neural networks, computational complexity, threshold circuits, associative memory 1. Introduction The currently again very active field of computation by "neural" networks has opened up a wealth of fascinating research topics in the computational complexity analysis of the models considered. While much of the general appeal of the field stems not so much from new computational possibilities, but from the possibility of "learning", or synthesizing networks...
Complexity Issues in Discrete Hopfield Networks
, 1994
"... We survey some aspects of the computational complexity theory of discretetime and discretestate Hopfield networks. The emphasis is on topics that are not adequately covered by the existing survey literature, most significantly: 1. the known upper and lower bounds for the convergence times of Hopfi ..."
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We survey some aspects of the computational complexity theory of discretetime and discretestate Hopfield networks. The emphasis is on topics that are not adequately covered by the existing survey literature, most significantly: 1. the known upper and lower bounds for the convergence times of Hopfield nets (here we consider mainly worstcase results); 2. the power of Hopfield nets as general computing devices (as opposed to their applications to associative memory and optimization); 3. the complexity of the synthesis ("learning") and analysis problems related to Hopfield nets as associative memories. Draft chapter for the forthcoming book The Computational and Learning Complexity of Neural Networks: Advanced Topics (ed. Ian Parberry).
Neural Networks and Complexity Theory
 In Proc. 17th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
, 1992
"... . We survey some of the central results in the complexity theory of discrete neural networks, with pointers to the literature. 1 Introduction The recently revived field of computation by "neural" networks provides the complexity theorist with a wealth of fascinating research topics. While much of ..."
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. We survey some of the central results in the complexity theory of discrete neural networks, with pointers to the literature. 1 Introduction The recently revived field of computation by "neural" networks provides the complexity theorist with a wealth of fascinating research topics. While much of the general appeal of the field stems not so much from new computational possibilities, but from the possibility of "learning", or synthesizing networks directly from examples of their desired inputoutput behavior, it is nevertheless important to pay attention also to the complexity issues: firstly, what kinds of functions are computable by networks of a given type and size, and secondly, what is the complexity of the synthesis problems considered. In fact, inattention to these issues was a significant factor in the demise of the first stage of neural networks research in the late 60's, under the criticism of Minsky and Papert [51]. The intent of this paper is to survey some of the centra...
Foundations Of Recurrent Neural Networks
, 1993
"... "Artificial neural networks" provide an appealing model of computation. Such networks consist of an interconnection of a number of parallel agents, or "neurons." Each of these receives certain signals as inputs, computes some simple function, and produces a signal as output, which is in turn broadca ..."
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"Artificial neural networks" provide an appealing model of computation. Such networks consist of an interconnection of a number of parallel agents, or "neurons." Each of these receives certain signals as inputs, computes some simple function, and produces a signal as output, which is in turn broadcast to the successive neurons involved in a given computation. Some of the signals originate from outside the network, and act as inputs to the whole system, while some of the output signals are communicated back to the environment and are used to encode the end result of computation. In this dissertation we focus on the "recurrent network" model, in which the underlying graph is not subject to any constraints. We investigate the computational power of neural nets, taking a classical computer science point of view. We characterize the language re...
The Computational Power of Discrete Hopfield Nets with Hidden Units
 Neural Computation
, 1996
"... We prove that polynomial size discrete Hopfield networks with hidden units compute exactly the class of Boolean functions PSPACE/poly, i.e., the same functions as are computed by polynomial spacebounded nonuniform Turing machines. As a corollary to the construction, we observe also that networks wi ..."
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We prove that polynomial size discrete Hopfield networks with hidden units compute exactly the class of Boolean functions PSPACE/poly, i.e., the same functions as are computed by polynomial spacebounded nonuniform Turing machines. As a corollary to the construction, we observe also that networks with polynomially bounded interconnection weights compute exactly the class of functions P/poly, i.e., the class computed by polynomial timebounded nonuniform Turing machines.
On the Computational Power of Discrete Hopfield Nets
 In: Proc. 20th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming
, 1993
"... . We prove that polynomial size discrete synchronous Hopfield networks with hidden units compute exactly the class of Boolean functions PSPACE/poly, i.e., the same functions as are computed by polynomial spacebounded nonuniform Turing machines. As a corollary to the construction, we observe also th ..."
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. We prove that polynomial size discrete synchronous Hopfield networks with hidden units compute exactly the class of Boolean functions PSPACE/poly, i.e., the same functions as are computed by polynomial spacebounded nonuniform Turing machines. As a corollary to the construction, we observe also that networks with polynomially bounded interconnection weights compute exactly the class of functions P/poly. 1 Background Recurrent, or cyclic, neural networks are an intriguing model of massively parallel computation. In the recent surge of research in neural computation, such networks have been considered mostly from the point of view of two types of applications: pattern classification and associative memory (e.g. [16, 18, 21, 24]), and combinatorial optimization (e.g. [1, 7, 20]). Nevertheless, recurrent networks are capable also of more general types of computation, and issues of what exactly such networks can compute, and how they should be programmed, are becoming increasingly topica...
Modeling Dynamical Systems with Recurrent Neural Networks
, 1994
"... : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : xi I Introduction and Motivation : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 1 A. Brief problem statement : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 1 B. Neural networks: a paradigm of computation : : : : : : : : : : : ..."
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: : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : xi I Introduction and Motivation : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 1 A. Brief problem statement : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 1 B. Neural networks: a paradigm of computation : : : : : : : : : : : : : 1 C. Organization of the Thesis : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 3 II Background and Related Work : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 5 A. Dynamical systems : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 5 B. Recurrent learning algorithms : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 8 1. Hopfield nets : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 8 2. Backpropagation through time : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 9 3. Jordan and Elman nets : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 11 4. Recurrent Backprop (RBP) : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 11 5. Realtime recurrent learning (RTRL) : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 12 6. T...
EnergyBased Computation with Symmetric Hopfield Nets
"... We propose a unifying approach to the analysis of computational aspects of symmetric Hopfield nets which is based on the concept of "energy source". Within this framework we present different results concerning the computational power of various Hopfield model classes. It is shown that polynomial ..."
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We propose a unifying approach to the analysis of computational aspects of symmetric Hopfield nets which is based on the concept of "energy source". Within this framework we present different results concerning the computational power of various Hopfield model classes. It is shown that polynomialtime computations by nondeterministic Turing machines can be reduced to the process of minimizing the energy in Hopfield nets (the MIN ENERGY problem). Furthermore, external and internal sources of energy are distinguished. The external sources include e.g. energizing inputs from socalled Hopfield languages, and also certain external oscillators that prove finite analog Hopfield nets to be computationally Turing universal. On the other hand, the internal source of energy can be implemented by a symmetric clock subnetwork producing an exponential number of oscillations which are used to energize the simulation of convergent asymmetric networks by Hopfield nets. This shows that infinite families of polynomialsize Hopfield nets compute the complexity class PSPACE/poly. A special attention is paid to generalizing these results for analog states and continuous time to point out alternative sources of efficient computation. 1