Learning and development in neural networks: the importance of starting small

  title={Learning and development in neural networks: the importance of starting small},
  author={Jeffrey L. Elman},
It is a striking fact that in humans the greatest learning occurs precisely at that point in time--childhood--when the most dramatic maturational changes also occur. This report describes possible synergistic interactions between maturational change and the ability to learn a complex domain (language), as investigated in connectionist networks. The networks are trained to process complex sentences involving relative clauses, number agreement, and several types of verb argument structure… CONTINUE READING
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