## An Analysis of Various Elastic Net Algorithms (1995)

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### BibTeX

@TECHREPORT{Berg95ananalysis,

author = {Jan Van Den Berg and Jock H. Geselschap},

title = {An Analysis of Various Elastic Net Algorithms},

institution = {},

year = {1995}

}

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### Abstract

The Elastic Net Algorithm (ENA) for solving the Traveling Salesman Problem is analyzed applying statistical mechanics. Using some general properties of the free energy function of stochastic Hopfield Neural Networks, we argue why Simic's derivation of the ENA from a Hopfield network is incorrect. However, like the Hopfield-Lagrange method, the ENA may be considered a specific dynamic penalty method , where, in this case, the weights of the various penalty terms decrease during execution of the algorithm. This view on the ENA corresponds to the view resulting from the theory on `deformable templates', where the term stochastic penalty method seems to be most appropriate. Next, the ENA is analyzed both on the level of the energy function as well as on the level of the motion equations. It will be proven and shown experimentally, why a non-feasible solution is sometimes found. It can be caused either by a too rapid lowering of the temperature parameter (which is avoidable), or...