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# Impulsive Disturbances on the Dynamical Behavior of Complex-Valued Cohen-Grossberg Neural Networks with Both Time-Varying Delays and Continuously Distributed Delays

**Academic Editor:**Sigurdur F. Hafstein

#### Abstract

This paper studies the global exponential stability for a class of impulsive disturbance complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with both time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays. Firstly, the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point of the system are analyzed by using the corresponding property of -matrix and the theorem of homeomorphism mapping. Secondly, the global exponential stability of the equilibrium point of the system is studied by applying the vector Lyapunov function method and the mathematical induction method. The established sufficient conditions show the effects of both delays and impulsive strength on the exponential convergence rate. The obtained results in this paper are with a lower level of conservatism in comparison with some existing ones. Finally, three numerical examples with simulation results are given to illustrate the correctness of the proposed results.

#### 1. Introduction

Recently, several kinds of complex-valued neural networks have been proposed and attracted researchersâ€™ attention due to the broader range of their applications in electromagnetics, quantum waves, optoelectronics, filtering, speech synthesis, remote sensing, signal processing, and so on [1]. Complex-valued neural networks are quite different from real-valued neural networks, and they are not only the simple extension of real-valued systems due to two main aspects. Complex-valued neural networks have more complicated properties than real-valued neural networks because the neuron states, connection matrices, self-feedback functions, and activation functions are all defined in a complex number domain, which is the reason why existing research methods applied for studying the dynamical behavior of the real-valued neural networks cannot be used to study the complex-valued neural networks directly. Besides, complex-valued neural networks can solve some problems that cannot be solved with their real-valued counterparts. For example, the exclusion OR (XOR) problem and the detection of symmetry problem cannot be solved with a single complex-valued neuron with the orthogonal decision boundaries, which reveals the patent computational power of complex-valued neurons [1, 2].

As a very important issue, dynamical behavior analysis including existence, uniqueness, and stability of the equilibrium point of neural networks has attracted growing interest in the past decades (see [3â€“11] and the references therein). Different stability concepts as an important topic were defined in the existing references, such as exponential stability [2, 7, 12, 13], robust stability [14, 15], complete stability [16], multistability [17, 18], Lagrange stability [19, 20], and asymptotic stability [21].

Due to the finite switching speed of amplifiers, time delay inevitably exists in neural networks. It can cause oscillation and instability behavior of systems. As pointed out in [9], constant fixed time delays in the models of delayed feedback systems serve as a good approximation in simple circuits having a small number of cells. Although we consider that the time delays arise frequently in practical systems, it is difficult to measure them precisely. Up until now, there have been some results about the stability of complex-valued neural networks with time-varying delay (see [6, 7, 13, 19, 22, 23] and the references therein). It is well known that a neural network usually has a spatial nature due to the presence of an amount of parallel pathways of a variety of axon sizes and lengths; it is desired to model them by introducing continuously distributed delays over a certain duration of time such that the distant past has less influence compared with the recent behavior of the state [2]. Therefore, it is necessary and accepted to study a neural networks model with both time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays, such as in [2, 9, 10, 15, 24â€“26]. The existing results on the dynamical behavior analysis for the neural networks models with the above mixed delays were mainly with respect to real-valued neural networks. Xu et al. [9] considered a class of complex-valued Hopfield neural networks with mixed delays and obtained some sufficient conditions for ensuring the existence, uniqueness, and exponential stability of the equilibrium point of the system. Song et al. [2] investigated the stability problem for a class of impulsive complex-valued Hopfield neural networks with the above mixed delays.

The impulsive disturbances are also likely to exist in the system of neural networks and can affect the dynamical behaviors of the system states, the same as the time delays effect. For instance, in the implementation of electronic networks, the states of the neural networks are subject to instantaneous perturbations and experience abrupt changes at certain instants, which may be caused by the switching phenomenon, frequency change, or other sudden noises. This phenomenon of instantaneous perturbations to the system exhibits an impulsive effect [2, 12, 13, 27â€“29]. The authors in [10] investigated the stability problem for a class of impulsive complex-valued neural networks with both time-varying delays and distributed delays. By applying the vector Lyapunov function method and the mathematical induction method, some sufficient conditions were obtained for judging the exponential stability of the systems and showed the impulsive disturbance on the convergence rate of the system. In [29], the authors considered a class of fractional-order complex-valued neural networks with constant delay and impulsive disturbance. By using the contraction mapping principle, comparison theorem, and inequality scaling skills, some sufficient conditions were obtained for ensuring the existence, uniqueness, and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point of the system.

The model of Cohen-Grossberg neural networks was proposed by Cohen and Grossberg in 1983 [30]. It has been widely applied within various engineering and scientific fields such as neurobiology, population biology, and computing technology [31, 32]. Very recently, the authors in [21] considered a class of complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with constant delay and studied the global asymptotic stability by separating the model into its real and imaginary parts. As pointed out in [2, 7], this required the existence, continuity, and boundedness of the partial derivatives of the activation functions about the real and imaginary parts of the state variables, which impose restrictions on the applications of the obtained results. Under the assumption that the activation functions only need to satisfy the Lipschitz condition, the authors in [32] removed the mentioned restrictions on the activation functions and studied a class of Cohen-Grossberg complex-valued neural networks with only time-varying delays. As far as we know, there is no result related to the dynamical behavior analysis for complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with mixed delays and impulsive disturbances.

Based on the above analysis, in this paper, we will investigate the dynamical behavior for a class of impulsive complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays. In this paper, advantages and contributions can be listed as follows. Both impulsive disturbances and mixed delays are considered in the complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks. The studied model is more universal than the existing ones. The activation functions have not been separated into their real and imaginary parts, and the self-feedback functions are nonlinear functions. Different from the study method in [7], the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point of the system are analyzed by using the corresponding property of -matrix and the theorem of homeomorphism mapping. The sufficient conditions established by the vector Lyapunov function method to ensure the global exponential stability of equilibrium point are expressed in terms of simple forms of inequalities, which are easy to be checked in practice.

#### 2. Model Description and Preliminaries

To make reading easier, the following notations will be used throughout this paper. Let denote a complex number set, denote a natural number set, and denote a real number set. Let be the module of complex number, where and are the real part and the imaginary part of the complex number , respectively. For complex number vector , let be the module of the vector ; here, denotes the transpose of vector. Let and be the -norm and -norm of the vector , respectively.

In this paper, we consider a class of impulsive disturbance complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays, which can be described bywhere represents the neuron state, is the number of neurons, denotes the impulsive jump at discrete moment , the discrete set satisfies , and as , . It is assumed that and . , , and are the connection weight matrices. is an external input vector. , , and represent the amplification function, the self-feedback function, and the activation function, respectively, where . are bounded functions and . Let be piecewise continuous functions that satisfywhere is continuous on and .

It is assumed that initial conditions of (1) are ; here, are bounded and continuous on , .

Denote by the equilibrium point of system (1).

*Definition 1. *The equilibrium point of (1) is globally exponentially stable if there exist positive constants and such that the inequality holds for any external input and .

*Assumption 2. *It is assumed that there exist positive numbers such that the inequalities hold for all .

*Remark 3. *The authors in [21, 32] have studied a class of complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks and obtained some important stability results. It is supposed that the self-feedback functions are linear functions in [21, 32]. That is to say, the self-feedback functions are supposed to be with . Obviously, Assumption 2 in this paper is with more generality than that in the mentioned papers.

*Assumption 4. *Each function is globally Lipschitz with Lipschitz constant ; that is, the inequality holds for all . Let .

*Remark 5. *The choice of the activation function is the main challenge in the dynamical behavior analysis of complex-valued neural networks compared to the study of real-valued neural networks. The complex-valued activation functions were supposed to need explicit separation into a real part and an imaginary part in [3, 5, 8â€“10, 18]. However, this separation is not always expressible in an analytical form. In this paper, the complex-valued activation functions only need to satisfy the Lipschitz condition.

*Assumption 6. *It is supposed that the amplification function is with a lower boundary; that is to say, there exists a positive real number such that the inequality holds, .

*Remark 7. *The amplification functions of complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks were supposed to be with upper bounds and lower bounds in [21]. Besides, the authors assumed that the amplification functions needed to be separated into real parts and imaginary parts. Details can be found in Assumptionâ€‰â€‰ in [21]. In this paper, the complex-valued amplification functions only need to be with lower bounds.

*Assumption 8. *Let ; here, is a complex-valued continuous function. It is assumed that there exists such that the inequality holds, .

Let , .

*Remark 9. *The impulsive effect is introduced into (1) as the disturbance to the system, which results in the negative impact on the convergence speed of the equilibrium point of the system. The low bound may not be discussed in this case. If the impulsive disturbance is so weak that , then it will lead to a positive impact on the convergence speed of the equilibrium point of the system. This means the convergence rate of the equilibrium point of the system with impulsive disturbances will be faster than that of the system without them. Therefore, only the upper bound for the impulsive intensity is discussed in this paper.

To proceed with our results, we quote the following lemmas in the proof of the theorems in this paper.

Lemma 10 (see [10]). *Let be a matrix with . The following statements are equivalent:*(i)* is an -matrix.*(ii)*The real parts of all eigenvalues of are positive.*(iii)*There exists a positive vector such that .*

Lemma 11 (see [10]). *If is a continuous function on and satisfies the following conditions: *(i)* is univalent injective on ,*(ii)*,** then is a homeomorphism of into itself.*

#### 3. Main Results

Theorem 12. *It is supposed that Assumptions 2~8 are satisfied. If there exist constants and a series of positive constants such that the following inequalities hold:where with , , then for arbitrary input , (1) has a unique equilibrium point , and is globally exponentially stable with convergence rate .*

*Proof. *The proof of the theorem is separated into two steps.*Step **1*. Firstly, the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point of (1) will be proved by using the corresponding properties of homeomorphism and -matrix.

Define a map associated with (1) with the following forms:It is well known that if is a homeomorphism on , then (1) has a unique equilibrium point obviously.

â‘ We prove that the map is univalent injective on under Assumptions 2 and 4.

From inequalities (3), it can be concluded that the following inequalities hold:According to Lemma 10, we can obtain that the matrix is -matrix, where .

Moreover, because inequalities (5) hold, we know that there exists a sufficient small positive number such that the following inequalities hold:It is assumed that there exist with , such that ; that is,Taking absolute value on both sides of (7), we getConsidering Assumptions 2 and 4, we getFurthermore, inequalities (9) can be rewritten as follows:Obviously, . Because is an -matrix, we get and exists. Furthermore, it can be concluded that (i.e., ). To sum up, the map is univalent injective on .

â‘¡ In what follows, we will prove that .

Let , where ; that is,Multiplying by the conjugate complex number of on both sides of (11), we getTaking the conjugate operation on both sides of (12), we haveTaking the summation operation on both sides of (12) and (13) and considering Assumptions 2 and 4, we obtainMultiplying by on both sides of (14), , we getConsidering inequalities (6), we have . Furthermore, it can be concluded thatNamely, . That is to say, holds. Obviously, we have as . This means that as .

Combining â‘ and â‘¡ above, we know that is a homeomorphism on . So, (1) has a unique equilibrium point .*Step **2.* In this section, the global exponential stability of the equilibrium point under impulsive disturbances will be proved by applying the vector Lyapunov function method and the mathematical induction method.

For analysis convenience, we translate the coordinate of (1). Let . By translation, we change (1) into the following forms:where .

Let the initial conditions of (17) be with the forms .

Obviously, if the zero solution of (17) is globally exponentially stable, the equilibrium point of (1) is also globally exponentially stable.

Choose the vector Lyapunov function as follows:Let be if there is no confusion, .

When , calculating the upper right derivative of along (17) and considering Assumptions 2~6, we haveLet . It is easy to obtain . Substituting them into inequalities (19), we obtainDefine the curve and the set . When , it is obvious that . Let , , , where is a constant. Then, ; that is,Furthermore, we can claim that . If it is not true, then there exist some and such that . Substituting them into inequalities (20) and considering inequalities (3), we getThis is a contradiction with the above assumption . So, we have . That is to say, .

Next, the mathematical induction method will be applied to prove that the following inequalities hold:When , ; here, . According to the preceding analysis, the inequalities are satisfied obviously.

It is assumed that the following inequalities hold:When , according to Assumption 8, we getDue to , inequalities (24) can be changed into the following forms:Furthermore, we can conclude that the following inequalities hold:If inequalities (27) are not true, there exist some and such that andSubstituting (28) into inequalities (20) and considering inequalities (3), we haveThis is a contradiction with the assumption . So, inequalities (24) hold.

Based on the idea of the mathematical induction method, we haveIt follows from the condition of the theorem that . Substituting it into inequalities (30), we obtainFurthermore, we havewhere .

According to Definition 1, the zero solution of system (17) is globally exponentially stable. That is to say, the equilibrium point of system (1) is also globally exponentially stable.

To sum up, it can be concluded from Steps and that system (1) has a unique equilibrium point , and the equilibrium point is globally exponentially stable with exponential converge rate . The proof is completed.

*Remark 13. *Although there have been various methods for studying the diverse complex-valued neural networks, the scalar Lyapunov function method combined with the LMI method is nearly the most popular method to research the stability problem and synchronization problem (see [3, 4, 11, 13, 20, 29, 33]). The continuously distributed delays were not considered in the mentioned references. Mixed time delays in the model of complex-valued neural networks make the system become an infinite-dimensional interconnected system. Using the vector Lyapunov function method used in this paper can avoid discussing the convergence of the candidate scalar Lyapunov function, which is extremely difficult to prove in most cases.

From Theorem 12, we can directly obtain corresponding corollaries for guaranteeing the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of the equilibrium point of system (33) and system (35) described as follows.

If there are no continuously distributed delays in (1), that is, when , the corresponding system is with the following forms:

Corollary 14. *Suppose that Assumptions 2~8 are satisfied. If there exist positive constants and a series of positive constants such that the following inequalities hold, here ,Then, (33) has a unique equilibrium point for arbitrary external input , and the equilibrium point is globally exponentially stable with the convergence rate .*

Similarly, if there are no time-varying delays in (1), that is, when , the corresponding system is with the following forms:

Corollary 15. *Suppose that Assumptions 2~8 are satisfied. If there exist positive constants and a series of positive constants such that the following inequalities hold, here ,Then, (35) has a unique equilibrium point for arbitrary external input , and the equilibrium point is globally exponentially stable with the convergence rate .*

When in system (1), model (1) is changed into impulsive complex-valued Hopfield neural networks with time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays, which can be described as follows:

It is easy to obtain sufficient conditions for ensuring the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of the equilibrium point of system (37).

Corollary 16. *Suppose that Assumptions 2, 4, and 8 are satisfied. If there exist positive constants and a series of positive constants such that the following inequalities hold, here ,Then, (35) has a unique equilibrium point for arbitrary external input , and the equilibrium point is globally exponentially stable with the convergence rate .*

The same as the preceding analysis, we can easily obtain the corresponding criteria for guaranteeing the stability of the equilibrium point of impulsive complex-valued Hopfield neural networks with only time-varying delays or continuously distributed delays. Therefore, we omit the similar works here.

When there is no impulsive disturbance in model (1), the complex-valued Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with time-varying delays and continuously distributed delays can be described as follows:

All variables and functions in model (39) are the same as in system (1). Next, we will establish some sufficient conditions for judging the dynamical behavior of the equilibrium point of system (39).

Theorem 17. *It is supposed that Assumptions 2~6 are satisfied. If the matrix is an -matrix, where ; , then system (39) has a unique equilibrium point for arbitrary external input , which is globally exponentially stable.*

*Proof. *According to Step in the analysis of Theorem 12, we can directly conclude that system (39) has a unique equilibrium point . In what follows, we will prove that the equilibrium point is globally exponentially stable. Because matrix is an -matrix, it follows from Lemma 10 that there exists a vector such that the following inequalities hold: