Spike-based cross-entropy method for reconstruction

András Lorincz, Zsolt Palotai, Gábor Szirtes

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Most neural optimization algorithms use either gradient tuning methods or complicated recurrent dynamics that may lead to suboptimal solutions or require huge number of iterations. Here we propose a framework based on the cross-entropy method (CEM). CEM is an efficient global optimization technique, but it requires batch access to many samples. We transcribed CEM to an online form and embedded it into a reconstruction network that finds optimal representations in a robust way as demonstrated by computer simulations. We argue that this framework allows for neural implementation and suggests a novel computational role for spikes in real neuronal systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3635-3639
Number of pages5
Issue number16-18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2008


  • Cross-entropy method
  • Reconstruction networks
  • Spike-based reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence

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