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1 March 1991 Stochastic neural nets and vision
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A stochastic neural net shares with the normally defined neural nets the concept that information is processed by a system consisting of a set of nodes (neurons) connected by weighted links (axons). The normal neural net takes in inputs on an initial layer of neurons which fire appropriately; a neuron of the next layer fires depending on the sum of weights of the axons leading to it from fired neurons of the first layer. The stochastic neural net differs in that the neurons are more complex and that the vision activity is a dynamic process. The first layer (viewing layer) of neurons fires stochastically based on the average brightness of the area it sees and then has a refractory period. The viewing layer looks at the image for several clock cycles. The effect is like those photo sensitive sunglasses that darken in bright light. The neurons over the bright areas are most likely in a refractory period (and this can't fire) and the neurons over the dark areas are not. Now if we move the sensing layer with respect to the image so that a portion of the neurons formerly over the dark are now over the bright, they will likely all fire on that first cycle. Thus, on that cycle, one would see a flash from that portion significantly stronger than surrounding regions. Movement the other direction would produce a patch that is darker, but this effect is not as noticeable. These effects are collected in a collection layer. This paper will discuss the use of the stochastic neural net for edge detection and segmentation of some simple images.
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Thomas C. Fall "Stochastic neural nets and vision", Proc. SPIE 1468, Applications of Artificial Intelligence IX, (1 March 1991);

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