de.mpg.escidoc.pubman.appbase.FacesBean
English
 
Help Guide Disclaimer Contact us Login
  Advanced SearchBrowse

Item

ITEM ACTIONSEXPORT

Released

Journal Article

Optimal neural rate coding leads to bimodal firing rate distributions

MPS-Authors
http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons83805

Bethge,  M
Research Group Computational Vision and Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

Locator
There are no locators available
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts available
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available
Citation

Bethge, M., Rotermund, D., & Pawelzik, K. (2003). Optimal neural rate coding leads to bimodal firing rate distributions. Network, 14(2), 303-319. doi:10.1088/0954-898X/14/2/307.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-DC89-0
Abstract
Many experimental studies concerning the neuronal code are based on graded responses of neurons, given by the emitted number of spikes measured in a certain time window. Correspondingly, a large body of neural network theory deals with analogue neuron models and discusses their potential use for computation or function approximation. All physical signals, however, are of limited precision, and neuronal firing rates in cortex are relatively low. Here, we investigate the relevance of analogue signal processing with spikes in terms of optimal stimulus reconstruction and information theory. In particular, we derive optimal tuning functions taking the biological constraint of limited firing rates into account. It turns out that depending on the available decoding time T, optimal encoding undergoes a phase transition from discrete binary coding for small T towards analogue or quasi-analogue encoding for large T. The corresponding firing rate distributions are bimodal for all relevant T, in particular in the case of population coding.