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Optical Implementations In Boltzmann Machines
Author(s): Anthony J. Ticknor; Harrison H. Barrett
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Paper Abstract

Boltzmann machines can be used to obtain solutions to problems for which direct mathematical calculation of a solution is not possible or would take too long. The range of problems for which such a machine might be useful is very broad, and inversion of a linear equation is described as one example. A method is described that allows time-intensive operations on a computer to be replaced with a highly parallel optical system that can be incorporated in such a way as to let the computer take full advantage of the speed of the optics without sacrificing the precision possible in the computer. A tie is made between Boltzmann machines and neural networks, and it is shown how a Boltzmann machine may perform functions demonstrated by other neural network architectures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 26(1) 260116 doi: 10.1117/12.7974015
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 26, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony J. Ticknor, University of Arizona (United States)
Harrison H. Barrett, University of Arizona (United States)

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