Boltzmann machines as a model for parallel annealing

E.H.L. Aarts, J.H.M. Korst

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The potential of Boltzmann machines to cope with difficult combinatorial optimization problems is investigated. A discussion of various (parallel) models of Boltzmann machines is given based on the theory of Markov chains. A general strategy is presented for solving (approximately) combinatorial optimization problems with a Boltzmann machine. The strategy is illustrated by discussing the details for two different problems, namely MATCHING and GRAPH PARTITIONING.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-465
Number of pages29
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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