Hopfield nets


  • Recurrent connections
  • Binary theshold units

Idea: If connections are symmetric, there is a global energy function.

Each binary configuration has an energy. Binary threshold decision rule causes network to settle to a minimum of this energy function.

Global energy:

$E = - \sum_i s_i b_i - \sum_{i<j} s_i s_j w_ij$

  • $w_ij$ is connection weight.
  • Binary states of two neurons

Local computation for each unit:

$\Delta E_i = E(s_i=0) - E(s_i=1) = b_i \sum_j s_j w_{ij}$

* memories could be energy minima of a neural net. * Binary threshold decision rule can the nbe used to clean up incomplete or corrupted memories.

  • Activities of 1 and -1 to store a binary state vector (by incrementing weight betweend any two units by the product of their activities). Bias is permantly on unit.
  • $\Delta w_{ij} = s_i s_j$

N units = 0.15 N memories (At N bits per memory this is only 0.15N^2).

  • Net has $N^2$ weights and biases.
  • After storing $M$ memories, each connection weights has an integer value in the range of $[-M, M]$.
  • Number of bits required to store weights and biases: $N^2 log(2M+1)$.

When new configuration is memorizes, we hope to create a new energy minimum (if two minima merge, capacity decreases).

Let net settle from random initial state, then do unlearning.

Better storage rule: Instead of trying to store vectors in one shot, cycle through training set many times. (Pseudo likelihood technique).

Instead of memories, store interpretations of sensory input.

  • Input represented as visible units
  • Intepretation represented as hidden units.
  • Badness of interpreation rep. as energy.


  • How to avoid getting trapped in poor local minima of the energy function?
  • How to learn the weights on the connections to the hidden units and between the hidden units?

Hopfield net always reduces energy (trapped in local minima). Random noise:

  • Lot of noise, easy to cross barriers
  • Slowly reduce noise so that system ends up in a deep minimum (Simulated annealing)

Stochastic binary units

* Replace binary threshold units with binary stochastic units that make biased random decisions (“temperature” controls noise amount; raising noise is equivalen to decreasing all the energy gaps betweend configurations)

$p(s_i=1) = \frac{1}{1+e^{-\Delta E_i/T}}$

Thermal equi. at temperature of 1

Reaching thermal equilibrium is difficult concept. Probability distribution over configurations settles down to statonary distribution.

Intuitively: Huge ensemble of systems that have same energy function. Probabiltiy of configuration is just fraction of the systems that have configuration.

Approaching equilibrium:

* Start with any distribution over all identical systems * Apply stochastic update rule, to pick next configuration for each individual system * May reach situation where fraction of systems in each configuration remains constant.

  • This stationary distribution is called thermal equilibrium.
  • Any given system keeps changing its configuration, but the fraction of systems in each configuration does not change.

Given: Training set of binary vectors. Fit model that will assign a probability to every possible binary vector.

Useful for deciding if other binary vectors come from some distribution (e.g. to detect unusual behavious).

  • data_mining/neural_network/hopfield.txt
  • Last modified: 2017/04/09 11:10
  • by phreazer