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# nengo_spa.algebras¶

Algebras define the specific superposition and (un)binding operations.

 AbstractAlgebra Abstract base class for algebras. HrrAlgebra Holographic Reduced Representations (HRRs) algebra. VtbAlgebra Vector-derived Transformation Binding (VTB) algebra.
class nengo_spa.algebras.AbstractAlgebra[source]

Abstract base class for algebras.

Custom algebras can be defined by implementing the interface of this abstract base class.

is_valid_dimensionality(d)[source]

Checks whether d is a valid vector dimensionality.

Parameters

d (int) – Dimensionality

Returns

True, if d is a valid vector dimensionality for the use with the algebra.

Return type

bool

make_unitary(v)[source]

Returns a unitary vector based on the vector v.

A unitary vector does not change the length of a vector it is bound to.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to base unitary vector on.

Returns

Unitary vector.

Return type

ndarray

superpose(a, b)[source]

Returns the superposition of a and b.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in superposition.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in superposition.

Returns

Superposed vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

bind(a, b)[source]

Returns the binding of a and b.

The resulting vector should in most cases be dissimilar to both inputs.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in binding.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in binding.

Returns

Bound vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

invert(v)[source]

Invert vector v.

A vector bound to its inverse will result in the identity vector.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to invert.

Returns

Inverted vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

get_binding_matrix(v, swap_inputs=False)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for binding with a fixed vector.

Parameters
• v ((d,) ndarray) – Fixed vector to derive binding matrix for.

• swap_inputs (bool, optional) – By default the matrix will be such that v becomes the right operand in the binding. By setting swap_inputs, the matrix will be such that v becomes the left operand. For binding operations that are commutative (such as circular convolution), this has no effect.

Returns

Transformation matrix to perform binding with v.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

get_inversion_matrix(d)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for inverting a vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality (determines the matrix size).

Returns

Transformation matrix to invert a vector.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

implement_superposition(n_neurons_per_d, d, n)[source]

Implement neural network for superposing vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• n (int) – Number of vectors to superpose in the network.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of length n of inputs to the network, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

implement_binding(n_neurons_per_d, d, unbind_left, unbind_right)[source]

Implement neural network for binding vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• unbind_left (bool) – Whether the left input should be unbound from the right input.

• unbind_right (bool) – Whether the right input should be unbound from the left input.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of the left and the right input in that order, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

absorbing_element(d)[source]

Return the standard absorbing element of dimensionality d.

An absorbing element will produce a scaled version of itself when bound to another vector. The standard absorbing element is the absorbing element with norm 1.

Some algebras might not have an absorbing element other than the zero vector. In that case a NotImplementedError may be raised.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Standard absorbing element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

identity_element(d)[source]

Return the identity element of dimensionality d.

The identity does not change the vector it is bound to.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Identity element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

zero_element(d)[source]

Return the zero element of dimensionality d.

The zero element produces itself when bound to a different vector. Usually this will be the zero vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Zero element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

class nengo_spa.algebras.HrrAlgebra[source]

Holographic Reduced Representations (HRRs) algebra.

Uses element-wise addition for superposition, circular convolution for binding with an approximate inverse.

The circular convolution $$c$$ of vectors $$a$$ and $$b$$ is given by

$c[i] = \sum_j a[j] b[i - j]$

where negative indices on $$b$$ wrap around to the end of the vector.

This computation can also be done in the Fourier domain,

$c = DFT^{-1} ( DFT(a) \odot DFT(b) )$

where $$DFT$$ is the Discrete Fourier Transform operator, and $$DFT^{-1}$$ is its inverse.

Circular convolution as a binding operation is associative, commutative, distributive.

More information on circular convolution as a binding operation can be found in [plate2003].

plate2003

Plate, Tony A. Holographic Reduced Representation: Distributed Representation for Cognitive Structures. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 2003.

is_valid_dimensionality(d)[source]

Checks whether d is a valid vector dimensionality.

For circular convolution all positive numbers are valid dimensionalities.

Parameters

d (int) – Dimensionality

Returns

True, if d is a valid vector dimensionality for the use with the algebra.

Return type

bool

make_unitary(v)[source]

Returns a unitary vector based on the vector v.

A unitary vector does not change the length of a vector it is bound to.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to base unitary vector on.

Returns

Unitary vector.

Return type

ndarray

superpose(a, b)[source]

Returns the superposition of a and b.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in superposition.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in superposition.

Returns

Superposed vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

bind(a, b)[source]

Returns the binding of a and b.

The resulting vector should in most cases be dissimilar to both inputs.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in binding.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in binding.

Returns

Bound vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

invert(v)[source]

Invert vector v.

A vector bound to its inverse will result in the identity vector.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to invert.

Returns

Inverted vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

get_binding_matrix(v, swap_inputs=False)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for binding with a fixed vector.

Parameters
• v ((d,) ndarray) – Fixed vector to derive binding matrix for.

• swap_inputs (bool, optional) – By default the matrix will be such that v becomes the right operand in the binding. By setting swap_inputs, the matrix will be such that v becomes the left operand. For binding operations that are commutative (such as circular convolution), this has no effect.

Returns

Transformation matrix to perform binding with v.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

get_inversion_matrix(d)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for inverting a vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality (determines the matrix size).

Returns

Transformation matrix to invert a vector.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

implement_superposition(n_neurons_per_d, d, n)[source]

Implement neural network for superposing vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• n (int) – Number of vectors to superpose in the network.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of length n of inputs to the network, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

implement_binding(n_neurons_per_d, d, unbind_left, unbind_right)[source]

Implement neural network for binding vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• unbind_left (bool) – Whether the left input should be unbound from the right input.

• unbind_right (bool) – Whether the right input should be unbound from the left input.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of the left and the right input in that order, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

absorbing_element(d)[source]

Return the standard absorbing element of dimensionality d.

An absorbing element will produce a scaled version of itself when bound to another vector. The standard absorbing element is the absorbing element with norm 1.

The absorbing element for circular convolution is the vector $$(1, 1, \dots, 1)^{\top} / \sqrt{d}$$.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Standard absorbing element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

identity_element(d)[source]

Return the identity element of dimensionality d.

The identity does not change the vector it is bound to.

The identity element for circular convolution is the vector $$(1, 0, \dots, 0)^{\top}$$.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Identity element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

zero_element(d)[source]

Return the zero element of dimensionality d.

The zero element produces itself when bound to a different vector. For circular convolution this is the zero vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Zero element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

class nengo_spa.algebras.VtbAlgebra[source]

Vector-derived Transformation Binding (VTB) algebra.

VTB uses elementwise addition for superposition. The binding operation $$\mathcal{B}(x, y)$$ is defined as

$\begin{split}\mathcal{B}(x, y) := V_y x = \left[\begin{array}{ccc} V_y' & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & V_y' & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & V_y' \end{array}\right] x\end{split}$

with

$\begin{split}V_y' = d^{\frac{1}{4}} \left[\begin{array}{cccc} y_1 & y_2 & \dots & y_{d'} \\ y_{d' + 1} & y_{d' + 2} & \dots & y_{2d'} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ y_{d - d' + 1} & y_{d - d' + 2} & \dots & y_d \end{array}\right]\end{split}$

and

$d'^2 = d.$

The approximate inverse $$y^+$$ for $$y$$ is permuting the elements such that $$V_{y^+} = V_y$$.

Note that VTB requires the vector dimensionality to be square.

The VTB binding operation is neither associative nor commutative.

Publications with further information are forthcoming.

is_valid_dimensionality(d)[source]

Checks whether d is a valid vector dimensionality.

For VTB all square numbers are valid dimensionalities.

Parameters

d (int) – Dimensionality

Returns

True, if d is a valid vector dimensionality for the use with the algebra.

Return type

bool

make_unitary(v)[source]

Returns a unitary vector based on the vector v.

A unitary vector does not change the length of a vector it is bound to.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to base unitary vector on.

Returns

Unitary vector.

Return type

ndarray

superpose(a, b)[source]

Returns the superposition of a and b.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in superposition.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in superposition.

Returns

Superposed vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

bind(a, b)[source]

Returns the binding of a and b.

The resulting vector should in most cases be dissimilar to both inputs.

Parameters
• a ((d,) ndarray) – Left operand in binding.

• b ((d,) ndarray) – Right operand in binding.

Returns

Bound vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

invert(v)[source]

Invert vector v.

A vector bound to its inverse will result in the identity vector.

Parameters

v ((d,) ndarray) – Vector to invert.

Returns

Inverted vector.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

get_binding_matrix(v, swap_inputs=False)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for binding with a fixed vector.

Parameters
• v ((d,) ndarray) – Fixed vector to derive binding matrix for.

• swap_inputs (bool, optional) – By default the matrix will be such that v becomes the right operand in the binding. By setting swap_inputs, the matrix will be such that v becomes the left operand. For binding operations that are commutative (such as circular convolution), this has no effect.

Returns

Transformation matrix to perform binding with v.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

get_swapping_matrix(d)[source]

Get matrix to swap operands in bound state.

Parameters

d (int) – Dimensionality of vector.

Returns

Matrix to multiply with a vector to switch left and right operand in bound state.

Return type

(d, d) ndarry

get_inversion_matrix(d)[source]

Returns the transformation matrix for inverting a vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality (determines the matrix size).

Returns

Transformation matrix to invert a vector.

Return type

(d, d) ndarray

implement_superposition(n_neurons_per_d, d, n)[source]

Implement neural network for superposing vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• n (int) – Number of vectors to superpose in the network.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of length n of inputs to the network, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

implement_binding(n_neurons_per_d, d, unbind_left, unbind_right)[source]

Implement neural network for binding vectors.

Parameters
• n_neurons_per_d (int) – Neurons to use per dimension.

• d (int) – Dimensionality of the vectors.

• unbind_left (bool) – Whether the left input should be unbound from the right input.

• unbind_right (bool) – Whether the right input should be unbound from the left input.

Returns

Tuple (net, inputs, output) where net is the implemented nengo.Network, inputs a sequence of the left and the right input in that order, and output the network output.

Return type

tuple

absorbing_element(d)[source]

VTB has no absorbing element except the zero vector.

identity_element(d)[source]

Return the identity element of dimensionality d.

The identity does not change the vector it is bound to.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Identity element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray

zero_element(d)[source]

Return the zero element of dimensionality d.

The zero element produces itself when bound to a different vector. For VTB this is the zero vector.

Parameters

d (int) – Vector dimensionality.

Returns

Zero element.

Return type

(d,) ndarray