Sparsely connected semilattice associative memories on certain L-fuzzy sets

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Peter Sussner,
Marcos Eduardo Valle.
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In mathematical morphology (MM), images are viewed as $LL$-fuzzy sets, where the symbol $LL$ stands for a complete lattice.In particular, fuzzy MM arises by considering $LL = [0,1]$. Mathematical morphology provides the theoretical basis for certain lattice computing models called morphological neural networks (MNNs) including morphological associative memories (MAMs) that are the focus of this paper.A closer look reveals that a MAM yields a mapping from one class of $LL$-fuzzy sets (not necessarily representing images) to another. Note that for a complete lattice $LL$ the class of $LL$-fuzzy sets is also a complete lattice.Apart from some excellent characteristics, classical MAM models also exhibit a major disadvantage, namely a very limited noise tolerance,due to the duality principle which represents an intrinsic property of MM on complete lattices.Therefore, we resort to the recent theory of MM on complete inf-semilattices as a framework for a sparsely connected associative memorythat is capable of dealing with the computational requirements for storing multi-valued and large-scale patterns.In this context, the patterns are given by $LL$-fuzzy sets where $LL$ is a certain type of a conditionally complete lattice that can beused to construct an inf-semilattice. This approach yields different error correction capabilities than classical MAM modelsbecause MM on complete inf-semilattices is endowed with self-dual operators.We finish with some experimental results concerning the problem of storing and reconstructing gray-scale as well as color images.

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