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9.54 Computational Aspects of Biological Learning

Prereq: 9.40
U (Fall)
Not offered regularly; consult department

12 Units

Takes a computational approach to learning in the brain by neurons and synapses. Examines supervised and unsupervised learning as well as possible biological substrates, including Hebb synapses and the related topics of Oja flow and principal components analysis. Discusses hypothetical computational primitives in the nervous system, and the implications for unsupervised learning algorithms underlying the development of tuning properties of cortical neurons. Also focuses on a broad class of biologically plausible learning strategies.

T. Poggio, S. Ullman

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