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Biol Theory. 2006;1(3):302-316.

Approaches to Information-Theoretic Analysis of Neural Activity.

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Department of Neurology and Neuroscience Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York, NY, USA.


Understanding how neurons represent, process, and manipulate information is one of the main goals of neuroscience. These issues are fundamentally abstract, and information theory plays a key role in formalizing and addressing them. However, application of information theory to experimental data is fraught with many challenges. Meeting these challenges has led to a variety of innovative analytical techniques, with complementary domains of applicability, assumptions, and goals.

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