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nengo_spa.networks¶
Basic networks that are used by NengoSPA.
These networks do not provide any information about inputs, outputs or used vocabularies and are completely independent of SPA specifics.

Compute the circular convolution of two vectors. 

An ensemble array optimized for representing the identity circular convolution vector besides random unit vectors. 
Selection networks

Independent accumulator (IA) winnertakeall (WTA) network. 

Array of thresholding ensembles. 

Winnertakeall (WTA) network with lateral inhibition. 

class
nengo_spa.networks.
CircularConvolution
(n_neurons, dimensions, invert_a=False, invert_b=False, input_magnitude=1.0, **kwargs)[source]¶ Compute the circular convolution of two vectors.
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. This network uses this method.
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) – Number of neurons to use in each product computation.
dimensions (int) – The number of dimensions of the input and output vectors.
invert_a (bool, optional) – Whether to reverse the order of elements in first input.
invert_b (bool, optional) – Whether to reverse the order of elements in the second input. Flipping exactly one input will make the network perform circular correlation instead of circular convolution which can be treated as an approximate inverse to circular convolution.
input_magnitude (float, optional) – The expected magnitude of the vectors to be convolved. This value is used to determine the radius of the ensembles computing the elementwise product.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments to pass through to the
nengo.Network
constructor.

input_a
¶ The first vector to be convolved.
 Type

input_b
¶ The second vector to be convolved.
 Type

product
¶ Network created to do the elementwise product of the \(DFT\) components.

output
¶ The resulting convolved vector.
 Type
Examples
A basic example computing the circular convolution of two 10dimensional vectors represented by ensemble arrays:
A = EnsembleArray(50, n_ensembles=10) B = EnsembleArray(50, n_ensembles=10) C = EnsembleArray(50, n_ensembles=10) cconv = nengo_spa.networks.CircularConvolution(50, dimensions=10) nengo.Connection(A.output, cconv.input_a) nengo.Connection(B.output, cconv.input_b) nengo.Connection(cconv.output, C.input)
Notes
The network maps the input vectors \(a\) and \(b\) of length \(N\) into the Fourier domain and aligns them for complex multiplication. Letting \(F = DFT(a)\) and \(G = DFT(b)\), this is given by:
[ F[i].real ] [ G[i].real ] [ w[i] ] [ F[i].imag ] * [ G[i].imag ] = [ x[i] ] [ F[i].real ] [ G[i].imag ] [ y[i] ] [ F[i].imag ] [ G[i].real ] [ z[i] ]
where \(i\) only ranges over the lower half of the spectrum, since the upper half of the spectrum is the flipped complex conjugate of the lower half, and therefore redundant. The input transforms are used to perform the DFT on the inputs and align them correctly for complex multiplication.
The complex product \(H = F * G\) is then
\[H[i] = (w[i]  x[i]) + (y[i] + z[i]) I\]where \(I = \sqrt{1}\). We can perform this addition along with the inverse DFT \(c = DFT^{1}(H)\) in a single output transform, finding only the real part of \(c\) since the imaginary part is analytically zero.

class
nengo_spa.networks.
IdentityEnsembleArray
(neurons_per_dimension, dimensions, subdimensions, **kwargs)[source]¶ An ensemble array optimized for representing the identity circular convolution vector besides random unit vectors.
The ensemble array will use ensembles with subdimensions dimensions, except for the first subdimensions dimensions. These will be split into a onedimensional ensemble for the first dimension and a subdimensions1 dimensional ensemble.
 Parameters
neurons_per_dimension (int) – Neurons per dimension.
dimensions (int) – Total number of dimensions. Must be a multiple of subdimensions.
subdimensions (int) – Maximum number of dimensions per ensemble.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments to pass through to the
nengo.Network
constructor.

input
¶ Input node.
 Type

output
¶ Output node.
 Type

add_neuron_input
()[source]¶ Adds a node providing input to the neurons of all ensembles.
This node will be accessible through the neuron_input attribute.
 Returns
The added node.
 Return type

add_neuron_output
()[source]¶ Adds a node providing neuron (nondecoded) output of all ensembles.
This node will be accessible through the neuron_output attribute.
 Returns
The added node.
 Return type

add_output
(name, function, synapse=None, **conn_kwargs)[source]¶ Adds a new decoded output.
This will add the attribute named name to the object.
 Parameters
name (str) – Name of output. Must be a valid Python attribute name.
function (func) – Function to decode.
synapse (float or nengo.Lowpass) – Synapse to apply to the decoded connection to the returned output node.
conn_kwargs (dict) – Additional keywword arguments to apply to the decoded connection.
 Returns
Node providing the decoded output.
 Return type

class
nengo_spa.networks.
MatrixMult
(n_neurons, shape_left, shape_right, **kwargs)[source]¶ Computes the matrix product A*B.
Both matrices need to be two dimensional.
See the Matrix Multiplication example for a description of the network internals.
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) –
Number of neurons used per product of two scalars.
Note
If an odd number of neurons is given, one less neuron will be used per product to obtain an even number. This is due to the implementation the
Product
network.shape_left (tuple) – Shape of the A input matrix.
shape_right (tuple) – Shape of the B input matrix.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments to pass through to the
nengo.Network
constructor.

input_left
¶ The left matrix (A) to multiply.
 Type

input_right
¶ The left matrix (A) to multiply.
 Type

C
¶ The product network doing the matrix multiplication.

output
¶ The resulting matrix result.
 Type
nengo.node

class
nengo_spa.networks.
VTB
(n_neurons, dimensions, unbind_left=False, unbind_right=False, **kwargs)[source]¶ Compute vectorderived transformation binding (VTB).
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.
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) – Number of neurons to use in each product computation.
dimensions (int) – The number of dimensions of the input and output vectors. Needs to be a square number.
unbind_left (bool) – Whether to unbind the left input vector from the right input vector.
unbind_right (bool) – Whether to unbind the right input vector from the left input vector.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments to pass through to the
nengo.Network
constructor.

input_left
¶ The left operand vector to be bound.
 Type

input_right
¶ The right operand vector to be bound.
 Type

mat
¶ Representation of the matrix \(V_y'\).
 Type

vec
¶ Representation of the vector \(y\).
 Type

matmuls
¶ Matrix multiplication networks.
 Type
list

output
¶ The resulting bound vector.
 Type
nengo_spa.networks.selection¶
Selection networks that pick one or more options among multiple choices.

class
nengo_spa.networks.selection.
IA
(n_neurons, n_ensembles, accum_threshold=0.8, accum_neuron_ratio=0.7, accum_timescale=0.2, feedback_timescale=0.005, accum_synapse=0.1, ff_synapse=0.005, intercept_width=0.15, radius=1.0, **kwargs)[source]¶ Independent accumulator (IA) winnertakeall (WTA) network.
This is a twolayered network. The first layer consists of independent accumulators (integrators), whereas the second layer does a thresholding. Once the threshold is exceeded a feedback connection will stabilize the current choice and inhibit all other choices. To switch the selection, it is necessary to provide a transient input to input_reset to reset the accumulator states.
This network is suited especially for accumulating evidence under noisy conditions and keep a stable choice selection until the processing of the choice has been finished.
Further details are to be found in [gosmann2017].
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) – Number of neurons for each choice.
n_ensembles (int) – Number of choices.
accum_threshold (float, optional) – Accumulation threshold that needs to be reached to produce an output.
accum_neuron_ratio (float, optional) – Portion of n_neurons that will be used for a layer 1 accumulator ensemble. The remaining neurons will be used for a layer 2 thresholding ensemble.
accum_timescale (float, optional) – Evidence accumulation timescale.
feedback_timescale (float, optional) – Timescale for the feedback connection from the thresholding layer to the accumulation layer.
accum_synapse (Synapse or float, optional) – The synapse for connections to the accumulator ensembles.
ff_synapse (Synapse or float, optional) – Synapse for feedforward connections.
intercept_width (float, optional) – The
nengo.presets.ThresholdingEnsembles
intercept_width parameter.radius (float, optional) – The representational radius of the ensembles.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments passed on to
nengo.Network
.

input
¶ The inputs to the network.
 Type

input_reset
¶ Input to reset the accumulators.
 Type

output
¶ The outputs of the network.
 Type

accumulators
¶ The layer 1 accumulators.
 Type
nengo.Thresholding

thresholding
¶ The layer 2 thresholding ensembles.
 Type
nengo.Thresholding
References
 gosmann2017
Jan Gosmann, Aaron R. Voelker, and Chris Eliasmith. “A spiking independent accumulator model for winnertakeall computation.” In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK, 2017. Cognitive Science Society.

class
nengo_spa.networks.selection.
Thresholding
(n_neurons, n_ensembles, threshold, intercept_width=0.15, function=None, radius=1.0, **kwargs)[source]¶ Array of thresholding ensembles.
All inputs below the threshold will produce an output of 0, whereas inputs above the threshold produce an output of equal value.
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) – Number of neurons for each ensemble.
n_ensembles (int) – Number of ensembles.
threshold (float) – The thresholding value.
intercept_width (float, optional) – The
nengo.presets.ThresholdingEnsembles
intercept_width parameter.function (function, optional) – Function to apply to the thresholded values.
radius (float, optional) – The representational radius of the ensembles.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments passed on to
nengo.Network
.

input
¶ The inputs to the network.
 Type

output
¶ The outputs of the network.
 Type

thresholded
¶ The raw thresholded value (before applying function or correcting for the shift produced by the thresholding).
 Type

class
nengo_spa.networks.selection.
WTA
(n_neurons, n_ensembles, inhibit_scale=1.0, inhibit_synapse=0.005, **kwargs)[source]¶ Winnertakeall (WTA) network with lateral inhibition.
 Parameters
n_neurons (int) – Number of neurons for each ensemble.
n_ensembles (int) – Number of ensembles.
inhibit_scale (float, optional) – Scaling of the lateral inhibition.
inhibit_synapse (Synapse or float, optional) – Synapse on the recurrent connection for lateral inhibition.
**kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments passed on to
Thresholding
.

input
¶ The inputs to the network.
 Type

output
¶ The outputs of the network.
 Type

thresholded
¶ The raw thresholded value (before applying function or correcting for the shift produced by the thresholding).
 Type