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Neural Computation

March 1, 2000, Vol. 12, No. 3, Pages 473-518
(doi: 10.1162/089976600300015673)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dynamics of Encoding in Neuron Populations: Some General Mathematical Features
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The use of a population dynamics approach promises efficient simulation of large assemblages of neurons. Depending on the issues addressed and the degree of realism incorporated in the simulated neurons, a wide range of different population dynamics formulations can be appropriate. Here we present a common mathematical structure that these various formulations share and that implies dynamical behaviors that they have in common. This underlying structure serves as a guide toward efficient means of simulation. As an example, we derive the general population firing-rate frequency-response and show how it may be used effectively to address a broad range of interacting-population response and stability problems. A few specific cases will be worked out. A summary of this work appears at the end, before the appendix.