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Journal Articles Frontiers in Neuroscience Year : 2008

On Dynamics of Integrate-and-Fire Neural Networks with Adaptive Conductances


We present a mathematical analysis of a networks with Integrate-and-Fire neurons with conductance based synapses. Taking into account the realistic fact that the spike time is only known within some finite precision, we propose a model where spikes are effective at times multiple of a characteristic time scale, which can be arbitrary small (in particular, well beyond the numerical precision). We make a complete mathematical characterization of the model-dynamics and obtain the following results. The asymptotic dynamics is composed by finitely many stable periodic orbits, whose number and period can be arbitrary large and can diverge in a region of the synaptic weights space, traditionally called the ``edge of chaos'', a notion mathematically well defined in the present paper. Furthermore, except at the edge of chaos, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the membrane potential trajectories and the raster plot. This shows that the neural code is entirely ``in the spikes'' in this case. As a key tool, we introduce an order parameter, easy to compute numerically, and closely related to a natural notion of entropy, providing a relevant characterization of the computational capabilities of the network. This allows us to compare the computational capabilities of leaky and Integrate-and-Fire models and conductance based models. The present study considers networks with constant input, and without time-dependent plasticity, but the framework has been designed for both extensions.
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inria-00338369 , version 1 (12-11-2008)


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Bruno Cessac, Thierry Viéville. On Dynamics of Integrate-and-Fire Neural Networks with Adaptive Conductances. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2008, 2 (2). ⟨inria-00338369⟩
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