What is it about?

Designing a pulse-coupled neural network (spiking model) that reflects behavioral functions is a non-trivial problem especially if one were to maintain objective validity. A sensible approach is to design the pulse-coupled network on the basis of a level-coded neural network (firing rate model), i.e. from a higher level model to a finer grain model. This paper demonstrated the step-by-step construction of a pulse-coupled network capable of fear-like and relief-like responses.

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Why is it important?

Since we assume that level-coded neural networks are closer to psychology while pulse-coupled networks are closer to biology, the pulse-coupled network must be developed step-by-step to maintain knowledge continuity. Any large leaps during the construction can result in the pulse-coupled network loosing objective validity with regards to behavioral function.


To my knowledge this is the first time the method of minimal anatomies--the name for the step-by-step construction--has been used to construct a pulse-coupled neural network and also the first time this type of construction has been done using a model-reference.

Dr Lungsi Sharma
Ronin Institute

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This page is a summary of: Construction of a pulse-coupled dipole network capable of fear-like and relief-like responses, Connection Science, May 2016, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09540091.2016.1185393.
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