This function generates random points in an
n-dimensional cube, throws out all vectors with length **>1** and
projects the remaining onto the surface of an n-dimensional unit
hypersphere or onto one of its main diagonal sectors (main diagonal
quadrant for **n=2**, octant for **n=3**, ...).

First the interval, from which the Kohonen weights for the initialization tasks are selected, is determined. Depending upon the initialization parameters, which have to be provided in field1 and field2, the interval may be , , or .

Every component of every Kohonen layer neuron j is then assigned a random value from the above interval, yielding weight vectors , which are random points within an n-dimensional hypercube. If the weight vector thus generated is outside the unit hypersphere or hypersphere sector, a new random vector is generated until eventually one is inside the hypersphere or hypersphere sector. Finally, the length of each vector is normalized to 1.

The Grossberg layer weight vector components are all set to 1.

Note that this initialization function DOES produce weight vectors with equal point density on the hypersphere. However, the fraction of points from the hypercube which are inside the enscribed hypersphere decreases exponentially with increasing vector dimension, thus exponentially increasing the time to perform the initialization. This method is thus only suitable for input dimensions up to 12 - 15. (read Hecht-Nielsen: Neurocomputing, chapter 2.4, pp. 41 ff. for an interesting discussion on n-dim. geometry).

Niels.Mache@informatik.uni-stuttgart.de

Tue Nov 28 10:30:44 MET 1995