A means for establishing transformation-invariant representations of objects is proposed and analyzed, in which different views are associated on the basis of the temporal order of the presentation of these views, as well as their spatial similarity. Assuming knowledge of the distribution of presentation times, an optimal linear learning rule is derived. Simulations of a competitive network trained on a character recognition task are then used to highlight the success of this learning rule in relation to simple Hebbian learning and to show that the theory can give accurate quantitative predictions for the optimal parameters for such networks.

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