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1.5.6 Parametrized self-organizing maps

Ritter (1993) presented an extension to the above SOM approach for learning sensorimotor maps, the `parametrized self-organizing map' (PSOM). The PSOM can cope with kinematic models of redundant robot arms (Walter et al., 2000). I first describe the training phase and then the recall phase.

The PSOM assumes that the training patterns lie on a sensorimotor manifold. In training, a continuous mapping is constructed that maps a parameter space (resembling the array in the SOM) onto the sensorimotor manifold. As for the SOM, the parameter space is based on an array of nodes , and each node *i* has a weight vector
*I**R*^{d} (here, element in the sensorimotor space). A continuous mapping from to is achieved by a sum of basis functions
*H*_{i}() (one for each node *i*),

These basis functions are predefined and fulfill
*H*_{i}() = *i*, *j* (Ritter, 1993). Thus, the mapping interpolates between the given grid points . Different from the SOM extension in section 1.5.5, only a few grid points are needed to describe a non-linear sensorimotor manifold. The grids usually have a side length of three points (Walter et al., 2000). In applications, mostly the motor components (for example, the joint angles of a robot arm) are chosen to form the parameter space, which further needs to be equidistantly sampled (Walter et al., 2000). The corresponding sensor values can be gained by executing the motor commands (or by taking the posture given by the joint angles).
The recall works like a pattern completion. The completion of a vector is gained by finding the parameter that minimizes the distance between and the sensorimotor manifold
(). Since is only partially given, only the distance to the input components is evaluated,

= arg*g*_{j}(*x*_{j} - *w*_{j}())^{2} . |
(1.7) |

Here, *g*_{j} > 0 for input components, and *g*_{j} = 0 for output components. The minimization needs to be solved numerically (Ritter, 1993; Walter et al., 2000).
This recall method has the advantage that it works in any direction. Thus, for example, a forward model can be changed into an inverse model by adjusting the *g*_{j} values. Further, the method can be applied to redundant robot arms. Out of many possible postures, the one with the smallest distance to the manifold
() is chosen, and not an average as in section 1.5.5.

The PSOM algorithm can achieve a remarkable accuracy (for example, a mean deviation of 1% of the working space for a three degrees-of-freedom robot finger (Walter et al., 2000)), but also here limitations exist. First, we need to know the topology of the sensorimotor patterns. Second, the mapping
() requires a smooth sensorimotor manifold. Third, as in the previous approach, it is not clear how the algorithm can cope with noise dimensions.

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*Heiko Hoffmann *

2005-03-22