Kohonen's self-organizing maps: Exploring their computational capabilities

Helge Ritter, Klaus Schulten

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The authors demonstrate that the computational capabilities of Kohonen's algorithm provide an unified approach to such diverse fields as sensory mappings, combinatorial optimization, and learning in motor control. For a discrete probability distribution of the training inputs, the formation of the mapping can be described as a probabilistic descent in a potential. In view of their wide applicability, the principles of the algorithm might also be inherent to the maturation of biological brains and could help to achieve a better understanding of these processes from a more unified point of view.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Int Conf on Neural Networks
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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