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Biol Cybern. 2011 Jul;105(1):55-70. doi: 10.1007/s00422-011-0451-9. Epub 2011 Jul 27.

An introductory review of information theory in the context of computational neuroscience.

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Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia. Mark.McDonnell@unisa.edu.au

Abstract

This article introduces several fundamental concepts in information theory from the perspective of their origins in engineering. Understanding such concepts is important in neuroscience for two reasons. Simply applying formulae from information theory without understanding the assumptions behind their definitions can lead to erroneous results and conclusions. Furthermore, this century will see a convergence of information theory and neuroscience; information theory will expand its foundations to incorporate more comprehensively biological processes thereby helping reveal how neuronal networks achieve their remarkable information processing abilities.

PMID:
21792610
DOI:
10.1007/s00422-011-0451-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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