# Capacity of SDR with overlap formula

SDR capacity formula is just Combination. But it is true if we consider 2 SDRs are different even if they have merely one different bit.
In practice we considers two SDRs are different if they have for example 20% of different bits.
What is capasity formula for such condition?

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Count all possible >80% matches for any random SDR then divide the number of unique possible SDRs to that count. (Or half of it, maybe?)

PS: this provides rather an approximate account of non-overlapping neighborhoods, I donâ€™t know if such information, like the one regarding absolute number of possible SDRs for a given size/sparsity, has other meaningful sense besides a rough view on the power of representation you may call it â€śencoding bandwidthâ€ť.

Metrics could be interesting though, e.g for a base SDR size/length = 1000/20 a one bit distance ( from the starting 20) gives 20x980 = 19600 neighbors, a two bit one roughly squares that count (~360M neighbors), and so on. 4 bit distance (80% overlap) something in the order of 100 million billion.

Despite absolute counts of neighborhood size becoming quickly super-astronomical as the bit distance increases, in real world often it isnâ€™t enough for the underlying learning mechanism, since the number of parameters/synapses (compute & memory capacity) in a network is limited by physics/biology/technology.

The ratios between neighborhood sizes vs number of neighborhoods changes with increasing/lowering density might provide other interesting and likely not too useful information about how many â€śthingsâ€ť can or can not encode a SDR

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Yes, see the paper:

How do neurons operate on sparse distributed representations? A
mathematical theory of sparsity, neurons and active dendrites