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Neural simulation of a system that learns representations of sensory experience


The pyriform cortex forms stable representations of smells to allow their subsequent recognition. Clustering systems are shown to perform a similar function, so they provide a guide to understanding the operation of the pyriform. A neural model of a sample of pyriform cortex was built that adheres to most known biological constraints, including learning by long-term potentiation. Results of early simulations suggest some interesting properties. The effort has implications for the knowledge representations used in artificial intelligence work.

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