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Illium, Steffen; Zorn, Maximilian; Lenta, Cristian; Kolle, Michael; Linnhoff-Popien, Claudia and Gabor, Thomas (2022): Constructing Organism Networks from Collaborative Self-Replicators. 2022 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Singapore, Singapore, 04-07 December 2022. Ishibuchi, Hisao (ed.) : In: Proceedings of the 2022 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI 2022), New York: IEEE. pp. 1268-1275

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We introduce organism networks, which function like a single neural network but are composed of several neural particle networks; while each particle network fulfils the role of a single weight application within the organism network, it is also trained to self-replicate its own weights. As organism networks feature vastly more parameters than simpler architectures, we perform our initial experiments on an arithmetic task as well as on simplified MNIST-dataset classification as a collective. We observe that individual particle networks tend to specialise in either of the tasks and that the ones fully specialised in the secondary task may be dropped from the network without hindering the computational accuracy of the primary task. This leads to the discovery of a novel pruning-strategy for sparse neural networks.

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