Why is an update mode important? It is necessary to visit the neurons of a net in a specific sequential order to perform operations on them. This order depends on the topology of the net and greatly influences the outcome of a propagation cycle. For each net with its own characteristics, it is very important to choose the update function associated with the net in order to get the desired behavior of the neural network. If a wrong update function is given, SNNS will display a error message on your screen. Click in the control panel to select an update function.
The following update functions are available for the various network types:
All these functions receive their input from the five update parameter fields in the control panel. See figure
The following parameters are required for ART, Hopfield, and Autoassociative networks. The description of the update functions will indicate which parameter is needed.
= vigilance parameter with () : field1
= initial vigilance parameter for the ART part of the net
with (0 1) : field1
= vigilance parameter for ART with () : field2
= Inter-ART-Reset control with () : field3
a = strength of the influence of the lower level in F1 by the middle
level with (a > 0) : field2
b = strength of the influence of the middle level in F1 by the upper
level with (b > 0) : field3
c = part of the length of vector p with (0 < c < 1) : field4
= Kind of threshold with () : field5
c = number of units : field1
n = iteration parameter : field1
x = number of selected neurons
Field1..Field5 are the positions in the control panel. For a more detailed description of ART-parameters see section : ART Models in SNNS
Now here is a description of the steps the various update functions perform, and of the way in which they differ.