Variation and selection: An evolutionary model of learning in neural networks

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In the present work, we study the emergence of nontrivial computational capabilities in networks competing against each other in an environment where possession of such capabilities is an advantage. Our approach is to simulate a variable population of network automata. In a way directly analogous to biological evolution, the population will converge, under the influence of selective pressure, to a group of automata that will be optimally suited for solving the task at hand. We visualize the approach as comprising two separate kinds of processes - a low-level 'performance' process and a higher level 'metaperformance' process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75
Number of pages1
JournalNeural Networks
Issue number1 SUPPL
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Neural Network Society 1988 First Annual Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Sep 6 1988Sep 10 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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