Journal article

A noisy self-organizing neural network with bifurcation dynamics for combinatorial optimization

T Kwok, KA Smith

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS | IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC | Published : 2004

Abstract

The self-organizing neural network (SONN) for solving general "0-1" combinatorial optimization problems (COPs) is studied in this paper, with the aim of overcoming existing limitations in convergence and solution quality. This is achieved by incorporating two main features: an efficient weight normalization process exhibiting bifurcation dynamics, and neurons with additive noise. The SONN is studied both theoretically and experimentally by using the N-queen problem as an example to demonstrate and explain the dependence of optimization performance on annealing schedules and other system parameters. An equilibrium model of the SONN with neuronal weight normalization is derived, which explains..

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