Statistics applied to neuroscience

Neurology is often considered the most difficult area in medicine. The brain is by far the most complex organ of the human body, and many scientific fields investigate it. One of these fields is statistics. Eunylson Lopes, United Statisticians, 6/1/2017. (In Portuguese)

On the Number of Bh-Sets

Domingos Dellamonica, Yoshiharu Kohayakawa, Sang June Lee, Vojtěch Rödl and Wojciech Samotij

A set A of positive integers is a Bh-set if all sums of the form a1 + ··· + ah, with a1,...,ah ∈ A and a1 ··· ah, are distinct. We provide asymptotic bounds for the number of Bh-sets of a given cardinality contained in the interval [n] = {1,...,n}. As a consequence of our results, we address a problem of Cameron and Erd˝os (1990) in the context of Bh-sets.
We also use these results to estimate the maximum size of a Bh-set contained in a typical (random) subset of [n] with a given cardinality.

Diversity improves performance in excitable networks

Leonardo L. Gollo​, Mauro Copelli and James A. Roberts

As few real systems comprise indistinguishable units, diversity is a hallmark of nature. Diversity among interacting units shapes properties of collective behavior such as synchronization and information transmission. However, the benefits of diversity on information processing at the edge of a phase transition, ordinarily assumed to emerge from identical elements, remain largely unexplored. Analyzing a general model of excitable systems with heterogeneous excitability, we find that diversity can greatly enhance optimal performance (by two orders of magnitude) when distinguishing incoming inputs. Heterogeneous systems possess a subset of specialized elements whose capability greatly exceeds that of the nonspecialized elements. We also find that diversity can yield multiple percolation, with performance optimized at tricriticality. Our results are robust in specific and more realistic neuronal systems comprising a combination of excitatory and inhibitory units, and indicate that diversity-induced amplification can be harnessed by neuronal systems for evaluating stimulus intensities.

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