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On limited fan-in optimal neural networks

Valeriu BeiuSorin DraghiciHanna E. Makaruk

This paper analyses the influence of limited fan-in on the size and VLSI optimality of highly interconnected nets. Two different approaches show that VLSI- and size-optimal discrete neural networks can be obtained for small fan-in values. They have applications to hardware implementations of neural networks. The first approach is based on implementing a certain sub-class of Boolean functions, F/sub n,m/ functions. We show that this class of functions can be implemented in VLSI-optimal (i.e., minimising AT/sup 2/) neural networks of small constant fan-ins. The second approach is based on implementing Boolean functions for which the classical Shannon's decomposition can be used. Such a solution has already been used by Alon-Bruck (1991) to prove bounds on neural networks with fan-ins limited to 2. We generalise the result presented there to arbitrary fan-in, and prove that the size is minimised by small fan-in values, while relative minimum size solutions can be obtained for fan-ins strictly lower than linear. Finally, a size-optimal neural network having small constant fan-ins is suggested for F/sub n,m/ functions.

http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/sbrn/1997/8070/00/80700019abs.htm

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