An Application of Context-Learning in a Goal-Seeking Neural Network

T.E. Portegys (USA)


Connectionism, context-learning, goal-seeking, neural networks.


An important function of many organisms is the ability to use contextual information in order to increase the probability of achieving goals. For example, a street address has a particular meaning only in the context of the city it is in. In this paper, predisposing conditions that influence future outcomes are learned by a goal-seeking neural network called Mona. A maze problem is used as a context-learning exercise. At the beginning of the maze, an initial door choice forms a context that must be remembered until the end of the maze, where the same door must be chosen again in order to reach a goal. Mona must learn these door associations and the intervening path through the maze. Movement is accomplished by expressing responses to the environment. The goal seeking effectiveness of the neural network in a variety of maze complexities is measured.

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