An exact method of regularity analysis for auditory brainstem neurons

Wright, M.C.M., Bleeck, S. and Winter, I. M. (2011) An exact method of regularity analysis for auditory brainstem neurons. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130, (6), 3545-3548. (doi:10.1121/1.3652890). (PMID: 22225008).


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The standard regularity analysis for spike trains in cochlear nucleus neurons evoked by tonebursts first proposed by Bourk is widely used, primarily as one of the criteria for classification of such neurons. It is shown that this procedure does not estimate quite what it is supposed to, and introduces unnecessary noise to its results due to its use of bins. Instead the desired quantities (mean and coefficient of variation of the lengths of all inter-spike intervals in progress as a function of time since stimulus onset) can all be exactly calculated directly from the spike train without the need for data binning. The implications for classification and other studies are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1121/1.3652890
ISSNs: 0001-4966 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Acoustics Group
ePrint ID: 300460
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
26 September 2011Accepted
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 11:55
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:23
Periodic Orbits in Sound and Vibration
Funded by: EPSRC (GR/R76967/01)
1 August 2002 to 30 April 2008

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