Computational Geometry of Linear Threshold Functions

Unknown author (1976-07-01)

Linear threshold machines are defined to be those whose computations are based on the outputs of a set of linear threshold decision elements. The number of such elements is called the rank of the machine. An analysis of the computational geometry of finite-rank linear threshold machines, analogous to the analysis of finite-order perceptrons given by Minsky and Papert, reveals that the use of such machines as "general purpose pattern recognition systems" is severely limited. For example, these machines cannot recognize any topological invariant, nor can they recognize non-trivial figures "in context".