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Pinning adaptive synchronization of neutral-type coupled neural networks with stochastic perturbation
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2014, Article number: 77 (2014)
In this paper, by using a pinning adaptive control scheme, we investigate the almost surely synchronization of neutral-type coupled neural networks with stochastic perturbation. Based on Lyapunov stability theory, stochastic analysis, and matrix theory, some sufficient conditions for almost surely synchronization are derived. Furthermore, a numerical example is exhibited to illustrate the validity of the theoretical results.
In recent years, the neural networks (NNs) have played a significant role in the fields of science and engineering due to their practical applications including signal and image processing, associative memories, combinatorial optimization, automatic control, and so on (see [1–4]). Among dynamical behaviors of the neural networks, synchronization is one of the most important topics that have received considerable research attention [5–9]. At the same time, many different kinds of synchronization have been proposed, such as generalized synchronization , cluster synchronization , phase synchronization , lag synchronization , and so on.
Due to the finite speed of transmitting signals between neurons and the transmission process randomly perturbed by the environmental elements, time delays and stochastic noises exist in various neural networks, which have become one of the main sources for causing instability and poor performance of neural networks. So far, most of the existing results related to the synchronization analysis for neural networks have concerned time delays and stochastic noises; see [2, 5–7, 12–14] and the references therein.
In the case where the network cannot synchronize by itself, many control techniques have been developed to drive the network to achieve synchronize, such as linear state feedback control [15, 16], state observer-based control , impulsive control , and adaptive control . All of them have the feature that the controller needs to be added to each node. But in practice, it is too difficult to add controllers to all nodes in a large-scale network. To reduce the number of controlled nodes, pinning control is introduced, in which controllers are only applied to partial nodes. In , it has been shown that a single controller can ensure that the whole network synchronizes asymptotically with large enough coupling strength and without any prior knowledge of the structure of the network topology. In , the cluster synchronization issue is considered for a class of delayed coupled complex dynamical networks by using the pinning control strategy. In addition, the pinning adaptive control method has received considerable research attention, which is utilized to get the appropriate control gains effectively. By using the adaptive pinning approach, the robust synchronization of a class of nonlinearly coupled complex networks is investigated in . An adaptive pinning control method is proposed in  to synchronize a delayed complex dynamical network with free coupling matrix. In , the adaptive pinning synchronization is investigated for complex networks with non-delayed and delayed couplings and vector-form stochastic perturbations.
Recently, the stability and synchronization of neutral-type systems have been studied widely [23–27], in which the time delays occur not only in the system states but also in the derivatives of the system states. In , the problem of stochastic stability of neutral-type neural networks with Markovian jumping parameters is considered. By using the adaptive control approach, the exponential synchronization in the p th moment of neutral-type delayed neural networks is investigated in . In , an adaptive control method is proposed to synchronize for a class of coupled neutral-type complex dynamical networks by adding adaptive controller to all nodes. To the best of our knowledge, the problem of adaptive pinning synchronization for neutral-type neural networks with stochastic perturbation has received very little research attention.
In this paper, we are concerned with the analysis issue for adaptive pinning synchronization of neutral-type neural networks with stochastic perturbation. By using Lyapunov stability theory and adaptive pinning control approach, several criteria are given to guarantee the almost surely synchronization of neutral-type coupled neural networks with stochastic perturbation. A numerical example is also presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed method. The main contributions of this paper are as follows:
A new class of neutral-type neural networks with pinning adaptive controller is considered.
A new pinning adaptive law is designed.
The notations are quite standard. Throughout this paper, , , and denote the set of non-negative real numbers, n dimensional Euclidean space and the set of all real matrices, respectively. The superscript T denotes matrix transposition, denotes the trace of the corresponding matrix and I denotes the identity matrix. stands for the Euclidean norm in . stands for the block diagonal matrix. Let be a complete probability space with a filtration satisfying the usual conditions (i.e. the filtration contains all P-null sets and is increasing and right continuous). Denote by the family of all -measurable, bounded, and -value random variables.
2 Model and preliminaries
Consider a complex system consisting of N linearly coupled identical neutral-type neural networks. The i th neutral-type neural network  can be described by the following differential equation:
where is the state vector associated with n neurons, and denotes the neuron activation functions, represents the time-varying delay with , , and are the connection weight and the delay connection weight matrices, respectively, is a positive diagonal matrix, is called the neutral-type parameter matrix, and is the constant external input vector.
The dynamical behavior of linearly coupled neutral-type neural networks with stochastic perturbation can be described by the following stochastic delayed differential equations:
where is a diagonal matrix describing the inner coupling between two connected nodes i and j () at time t; c is the coupling strength; is the out coupling configuration matrix which represents the topological structure of the whole network, where the entries are defined as follows: if there is a link from node i to node j, then (); Otherwise, . It assumes that ; is a control input vector, is an m-dimensional Brownian motion defined on a complete probability space , is a Borel measurable matrix function, denotes the error between the state of node i and the desired state vector . The dynamical equations of and satisfy
where and .
To prove our main results, the following assumptions are necessary.
Assumption 1 The functions and satisfy the Lipschitz condition. That is, there exist two positive constants and , such that
hold, for any .
Assumption 2 The noise intensity matrix satisfies the bound condition. That is, there exist two positive constant and , such that
hold, for any .
Assumption 3 There is a constant such that
In order to derive the main results, the following definitions and lemmas are necessary in this paper.
Consider a stochastic differential delays equation with the form
on with the initial data given by .
Definition 1 
The trivial solution of the system (5) is said to be almost surely asymptotically stable if
for all initial conditions .
Definition 2 The network (2) is said to have almost surely asymptotical synchronization if network (4) is almost surely asymptotically stable.
Lemma 1 
Assume that system (5) exists a unique solution on for any given initial data , moreover, both and are locally bounded in and uniformly bounded in t. If there are functions , and such that
for every .
This lemma is called the LaShall-type invariance principle.
Lemma 2 
Let . Then
for any .
3 Main result
In order to realize synchronization of the neutral-type coupled neural networks by adaptive pinning control, some controllers are added to some of the nodes. Without loss of generality, let the first l nodes be controlled, and the controllers are chosen as follows:
Then the error system (4) can be described by
Our object is to design an adaptive controller such that the neutral-type coupled neural network (2) can realize synchronization. The main results are stated as follows.
Theorem 1 Suppose that Assumptions 1-3 hold. The controlled network (2) can be synchronized with the trajectory of for almost every initial data, if there exist positive constants (), ρ, , , and positive definite matrices P, Q, such that
and we choose the adaptive law as
Proof Construct the following Lyapunov function:
Computing along the trajectory of error system (6), one obtains
Based on Lemma 2 and Assumption 1, we have
By following similar steps to those denoted in (9), we get
According to Assumption 2 and , we obtain
Substituting (7) one has the following expression:
Substituting (9)-(14) into (8), one can verify easily that
where , , and .
Considering , we have
where and .
It can be seen that for any . Therefore, applying a LaSalle-type invariance principle for the stochastic differential delay equation, we can conclude that the controlled network (2) can be synchronized with the trajectory for almost every initial data. The proof is completed. □
Remark 1 In this paper, we investigate the almost surely synchronization for neutral-type coupled neural networks by adding adaptive controllers to the partial nodes. It is different from that in , where the authors consider the exponential synchronization in mean square of the coupled complex dynamical networks by adding adaptive controllers to all nodes.
When , from Theorem 1 we obtain the following corollary.
Corollary 1 Suppose that Assumptions 1-3 hold. The controlled network (2) with can be synchronized with the trajectory of for almost every initial data, if there exist positive constants (), ρ, , , and positive definite matrices P, Q, such that
where and . We choose the adaptive law as
When the time-varying delay is constant (i.e. ), from Theorem 1 we have the following corollary.
Corollary 2 Suppose that Assumptions 1-3 hold. The controlled network (2) can be synchronized with the trajectory of for almost every initial data, if there exist positive constants (), ρ, , , and positive definite matrices P, Q, such that
and we choose the adaptive law as
4 Numerical simulation
In this section, we present a numerical simulation to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our results.
Consider the neutral-type coupled neural network (2) consisting of six nodes and the parameters given as follows:
The nonlinear functions and satisfy the Lipschitz condition with . The noise intensity matrix satisfies the bound condition with . In the simulation, we add the adaptive feedback controllers to the first, second, and fifth nodes. Let , , , , , , , thus
Hence, the condition in Theorem 1 is satisfied. According to Theorem 1, the neutral-type coupled neural network (2) achieves pinning adaptive synchronization. The initial conditions of the numerical simulation are as follows:
The simulation results are given in Figures 1-5. The dynamical behavior of the neutral-type neural network is shown in Figure 1; the trajectories of the uncontrolled and controlled neutral-type coupled neural network (2) are shown in Figure 2 and Figures 3-4, respectively. It is clear that all nodes tend to synchronization state in Figures 3 and 4. The evolution of the adaptive strengths is given as Figure 5.
In this paper, we have investigated the almost surely synchronization problem for an array of linearly coupled neutral-type neural networks by using adaptive pinning control. By utilizing Lyapunov stability theory and the adaptive pinning control method, some novel conditions for synchronization are derived. Furthermore, a numerical example has verified the effectiveness of the presented method.
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This work is supported by the Scientific Research Foundation Program of Shaanxi Railway Institute (2011-27).
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
XS carried out the main part of this manuscript. ZF participated in the discussion and corrected the main theorem. XL read and approved the final manuscript.