Using Conceptors to Manage Neural Long-Term Memories for Temporal Patterns

Herbert Jaeger.

Year: 2017, Volume: 18, Issue: 13, Pages: 1−43


Biological brains can learn, recognize, organize, and re- generate large repertoires of temporal patterns. Here I propose a mechanism of neurodynamical pattern learning and representation, called conceptors, which offers an integrated account of a number of such phenomena and functionalities. It becomes possible to store a large number of temporal patterns in a single recurrent neural network. In the recall process, stored patterns can be morphed and focussed. Parametric families of patterns can be learnt from a very small number of examples. Stored temporal patterns can be content- addressed in ways that are analog to recalling static patterns in Hopfield networks.

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