Spatio-temporal representations of uncertainty in spiking neural networks

Cristina Savin, Sophie Deneve

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Abstract

It has been long argued that, because of inherent ambiguity and noise, the brain needs to represent uncertainty in the form of probability distributions. The neural encoding of such distributions remains however highly controversial. Here we present a novel circuit model for representing multidimensional real-valued distributions using a spike based spatio-temporal code. Our model combines the computational advantages of the currently competing models for probabilistic codes and exhibits realistic neural responses along a variety of classic measures. Furthermore, the model highlights the challenges associated with interpreting neural activity in relation to behavioral uncertainty and points to alternative populationlevel approaches for the experimental validation of distributed representations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2024-2032
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems
Volume3
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014

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Neural networks
Probability distributions
Brain
Uncertainty
Networks (circuits)

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  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing

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Spatio-temporal representations of uncertainty in spiking neural networks. / Savin, Cristina; Deneve, Sophie.

In: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, Vol. 3, No. January, 2014, p. 2024-2032.

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