Journal article

Irregularity in neocortical spike trains: Influence of measurement factors and another method of estimation

David K Chelvanayagam, Trichur R Vidyasagar

JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2006

Abstract

Irregularity in the interspike interval is a common phenomenon especially in the neocortex. A measure of this random variation in the spacing between neuronal spikes is usually obtained with the coefficient of variation CV (standard deviation/mean interspike interval). In excitable cells, the standard deviation in the interspike interval can be large and the mean firing rate often fluctuates. As a result, there can be substantial variability in the value of the CV computed for the same spike train using only slightly different samples as we show. Moreover, these CV values can be comparatively meaningless unless certain conditions are met. In doing so some researchers have selectively sampled..

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