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In the wake-sleep algorithm, (at least) two layers of neurons are fully connected to each other.

In the wake phase, the lower level drives the upper layer through the bottom-up recognition weights. The top-down generative weights are trained such that they will generate the current activity in the lower level given the current activity in the output level.

In the sleep phase, the upper layer drives activity in the lower layer through the generative weights and the recognition weights are learned such that they induce the activity in the upper layer given the activity in the lower layer.