Memory that can be referenced by content, as opposed to location. Hopfield networks will act as associative memories when trained with the Hebbian learning rule.
Memory that can be referenced by content, rather than by location.
a memory in which each storage location is selected by its contents and then an associated data location can be accessed. Requires a comparator with each storage location and hence is more complex than random-access memory. Used in fully associative cache memory and in some translation lookaside buffers. Also called content addressable memory. [SILC99
Any memory function which makes possible to recall stored information by association to other pieces of stored information
a memory system that takes an input 'key' and produces the 'closest' stored memory that matches that key
Also called `content-addressable' memory. This type of memory is not stored on any individual neuron but is a property of the whole network. It is by inputting to the network part of the memory. This is very different from conventional computer memory where a given memory (or piece of data) is assigned a unique address which is needed to recall that memory.
The physiologist Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) called the ability of some animals to "connect" old responses to new stimuli "associative memory" in his book Physiology of the Brain (1899). It is quite closely allied with Ivan Pavlov's (1849-1936) notion of the "conditioned reflex".
(n.)Memory that can be accessed by content rather than by address; content addressable is often used synonymously. An associative memory permits its user to specify part of a pattern or key and retrieve the values associated with that pattern. The tuple space used to implement the generative communication model is an associative memory.