This paper studies the initial value problem of multi-layer cellular neural networks. We demonstrate that the mosaic solutions of such system is topologically conjugated to a new class in symbolic dynamical systems called the path set (Abram and Lagarias in Adv Appl Math 56:109–134, 2014). The topological entropies of the solution, output, and hidden spaces of a multi-layer cellular neural network with initial condition are formulated explicitly. Also, a sufficient condition for whether the mosaic solution space of a multi-layer cellular neural network is independent of initial conditions is addressed. Furthermore, two spaces exhibit identical topological entropy if and only if they are finitely equivalent.
Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations, Vol.28, No.1, pp.69-92