A process of active probing of possible configurations within a network.
According to R.W. FULLER and P. PUTNAM such processes appear in networks when there is a drive factor. They tend to the formation of areas of relative dominance.
These authors state: "What stops a random search is reinforced again and again – everytime the associated drive factor is excited – because what satisfies a drive factor once will do so again if it catches the basic principle involved. Such correlations are invariant in the sense that if the random search is re-excited, the same stable configuration of nervous activity dominates" (1967, p.105).
This confirms independently HEBB's view on habituation.
This type of processes is probably at work in any kind of networks, nervous or other.
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