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YSPH Biostatistics Seminar: “Motif Expansion of Global Information Flow in Spike Train Data”

NOTE: BIS 525 students are required to attend in person. Others are invited to attend in person, but may also attend via Zoom.

SPEAKER: Alexander Strang, PhD, William H. Kruskal Instructor, Department of Statistics and the College, University of Chicago

TITLE: Motif Expansion of Global Information Flow in Spike Train Data

ABSTRACT: Networks of neurons encode information processing in the interacting dynamics of individual neurons. Transfer entropy (TE), which measures the effective influence of the past of one time series on the future of another, can be applied to spike train data to estimate the influence of one neuron on another. By applying TE to simulated spike trains, we extract an information flow graph, which records the directed exchange of information between neurons directly from the simulated time series. We introduce a motif expansion that summarizes the global organization of ensembles of flow graphs via a minimal sequence of local statistics at increasing scales. We then investigate how connectivity controls the number statistics required to reconstruct global statistics for the ensemble.


  • University of Chicago

    Alexander Strang, PhD
    William H. Kruskal Instructor


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