The Memory Tesseract: Distributed MINERVA and the Unification of Memory

Matthew KellyCarleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Douglas MewhortQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Robert WestCarleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

We prove that MINERVA 2, a widely-used model of biological long-term memory, is mathematically equivalent to an auto-associative memory implemented as a fourth order tensor. We further propose an alternative implementation of MINERVA 2 as a holographic lateral inhibition network. Our work clarifies the relationship between MINERVA 2 and other memory models, and shows that MINERVA 2 and derivative models can be neurally implemented and scaled-up to long-term learning tasks.

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