A General Mean-Based Iterative Winner-Take-All Neural Network

Jar Ferr Yang, Chi Ming Chen, Wen Chung Wang, Jau Yien Lee

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In this paper, a new iterative winner-take-all (WTA) neural network is developed and analyzed. The proposed WTA neural net with one-layer structure is established under the concept of the statistical mean. For three typical distributions of initial activations, the convergence behaviors of the existing and the proposed WTA neural nets are evaluated by theoretical analyses and Monte Carlo simulations. We found that the suggested WTA neural network on average requires fewer than Log2 M iterations to complete a WTA process for the three distributed inputs, where M is the number of competitors. Furthermore, the fault tolerances of the iterative WTA nets are analyzed and simulated. From the view points of convergence speed, hardware complexity, and robustness to the errors, the proposed WTA is suitable for various applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Networks
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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