HTM prediction model with good accuracy but low activation levels

I am using an HTMPrediction model on a sequence of inputs, predicting the next steps in the sequence. I am trying to establish a correlation between the activation of my columns and the signal I am modelling (or rather a high level version of the signal I am modelling). My use case is rather simple for now, I have 4 inputs that can take three different values, and I try to predict the next value for one (or more) of those inputs, using an SDRClassifierRegion.

I have a simple sequence of inputs that is cyclic in nature, of length roughly 300 (which has 10 cycles of 30 values each). The accuracy on this data is pretty good, around 90% when I use default values for parameters from another example, I think hot gym or CPU (2048 columns, 32 cells by column) – I can post the rest if that is required. I changed the alpha of the SDR classifier to 0.01.

Thing is, when I try to look at activated columns of my temporal memory (with the activationThreshold defined in parameters, which is 16), I find that there are almost no activated columns (I get 1-4 activated columns during my first epoch, then 0). There are around 40 activated cells out of 2048*32, which is also very low. I am looking at them using the following statements:

    tp = model._getTPRegion().getSelf()
    active_cells = tp._tfdr.infActiveState['t']
    active_columns = np.where(np.sum(active_cells, 1) >= tp.activationThreshold)[0]

Does anything seem wrong in my approach?

Are activations getting weird because my problem has a very low dimensionality? I am using 'w':21 for my four encoded variables.


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The active columns are defined by the Spatial Pooler, not the Temporal Memory. The TM activates cells within active columns. To get the active columns from the follow the instructions [here(NuPIC Usage FAQ), specifically:

# Extract the spatial pooler
spRegion = model._getSPRegion()
sp = spRegion.getAlgorithmInstance()

Use this API for the SP.

# Extract the temporal memory
tmRegion = model._getTPRegion()
tm = tmRegion.getSelf()._tfdr

Here is the API for the Backtracking TM.

# Get the active cells

These active cells are in a 1d array. They need to be transformed into SP columns.

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Thanks for the pointers. I was able to get the active columns from the spatial pooler by taking:

sp = model._getSPRegion.getSelf()
activeColumns = sp._spatialPoolerOutput
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