© 1977

Associative Memory

A System-Theoretical Approach


Part of the Communication and Cybernetics book series (COMMUNICATION, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Teuvo Kohonen
    Pages 1-50
  3. Teuvo Kohonen
    Pages 51-101
  4. Teuvo Kohonen
    Pages 128-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 160-176

About this book


About the Scope of This Text This book contains two types of material ~ first, the many divergent and often diffuse meanings given to the concepts of association, associative memory, and associative recaZZ are expounded. A review of this kind was felt necessary because there apparently does not exist any single monograph which could serve as a reference to these topics. But the presentation of the main body of this text is motivated by quite other reasons: in recent years, plenty of interesting mathematical and system-theoretical material has been published which makes it possible to gain a view of associative memory which is different from the conventional abstract and computationally oriented approaches. It seems that the basic operation of associative memory, the storage of information together with the relations or links between the data items, and the selective recall of stored information relative to a piece of key or cue information presented, is not restricted to certain computer-technological implementations but can also be reflected in more general mathematically describable processes in certain physical or other systems, especially in their adaptive state changes. It further seems that some generally known forms of associative memory, namely, certain computer technological artifacts, or abstract systems of concepts or data, are in fact special representations of a class of processes characterized as associative memory.


Memory cognition information system

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Technical PhysicsHelsinki University of TechnologyOtaniemiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Associative Memory
  • Book Subtitle A System-Theoretical Approach
  • Authors T. Kohonen
  • Series Title Communication and Cybernetics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-08017-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-96386-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-96384-1
  • Series ISSN 0340-0034
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 178
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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