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Path integration — a network model

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Abstract

Path integration is a primary means of navigation for a number of animals. We present a model which performs path integration with a neural network. This model is based on a neural structure called a sinusoidal array, which allows an efficient representation of vector information with neurons. We show that exact path integration can easily be achieved by a neural network. Thus deviations from the direct home trajectory, found previously in experiments with ants, can not be explained by computational limitations of the nervous system. Instead we suggest that the observed deviations are caused by a strategy to simplify landmark navigation.

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Wittmann, T., Schwegler, H. Path integration — a network model. Biol. Cybern. 73, 569–575 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00199549

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Keywords

  • Neural Network
  • Nervous System
  • Network Model
  • Path Integration
  • Neural Structure