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Storing and restoring visual input with collaborative rank coding and associative memory

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Storing and restoring visual input with collaborative rank coding and associative memory
Associative memory in cortical circuits has been held as a major mechanism for content-addressable memory. Hebbian synapses implement associative memory efficiently when storing sparse binary activity patterns. However, in models of sensory processing, representations are graded and not binary. Thus, it has been an unresolved question how sensory computation could exploit cortical associative memory. Here we propose a way how sensory processing could benefit from memory in cortical circuitry. We describe a new collaborative method of rank coding for converting graded stimuli, such as natural images, into sequences of synchronous spike volleys. Such sequences of sparse binary patterns can be efficiently processed in associative memory of the Willshaw type. We evaluate storage capacity and noise tolerance of the proposed system and demonstrate its use in cleanup and fill-in for noisy or occluded visual input. r 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Martin Rehn, Friedrich T. Sommer
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where IJON
Authors Martin Rehn, Friedrich T. Sommer
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