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Data-robust tight lower bounds to the information carried by spike times of a neuronal population

Lookup NU author(s): Gianni Pola, Professor Alexander Thiele, Professor Malcolm Young, Dr Stefano Panzeri


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We develop new data-robust lower-bound methods to quantify the information carried by the timing of spikes emitted by neuronal populations. These methods have better sampling properties and are tighter than previous bounds based on neglecting correlation in the noise entropy. Our new lower bounds are precise also in the presence of strongly correlated firing. They are not precise only if correlations are strongly stimulus modulated over a long time range. Under conditions typical of many neurophysiological experiments, these techniques permit precise information estimates to be made even with data samples that are three orders of magnitude smaller than the size of the response space. © 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Author(s): Pola G, Petersen RS, Thiele A, Young MP, Panzeri S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Neural Computation

Year: 2005

Volume: 17

Issue: 9

Pages: 1962-2005

Print publication date: 01/09/2005

ISSN (print): 0899-7667

ISSN (electronic): 1530-888X

Publisher: MIT Press


DOI: 10.1162/0899766054322955

PubMed id: 15992487


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