Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
The question of whether biological systems are poised at criticality has been a topic of investigation in recent decades. There is evidence to suggest that many biological systems, such as neural networks, amino acids, and flocks of birds operate around the critical point. Criticality is a phase transition point between order and chaos where information processing, in- formation capacity. There is also evidence to suggest that computation is maximized at criticality. In this thesis, we use heat capacity to show that artificial neural networks designed to classify MNIST digits of handwritten numbers are poised at criticality.
McVay, Carson, "Artificial neural networks trained to classify MNIST digits are poised at criticality" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2098.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.