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Stochastic firing rate models


We review a recent approach to the mean-field limits in neural networks that takes into account the stochastic nature of input current and the uncertainty in synaptic coupling. This approach was proved to be a rigorous limit of the network equations in a general setting, and we express here the results in a more customary and simpler framework. We propose a heuristic argument to derive these equations providing a more intuitive understanding of their origin. These equations are characterized by a strong coupling between the different moments of the solutions. We analyse the equations, present an algorithm to simulate the solutions of these mean-field equations, and investigate numerically the equations. In particular, we build a bridge between these equations and Sompolinsky and collaborators approach (1988, 1990), and show how the coupling between the mean and the covariance function deviates from customary approaches.

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inria-00534332 , version 1 (09-11-2010)


  • HAL Id : inria-00534332 , version 1
  • ARXIV : 1001.3872


Jonathan Touboul, Bard Ermentrout, Olivier Faugeras, Bruno Cessac. Stochastic firing rate models. 2010. ⟨inria-00534332⟩
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