A model for neural activity in the absence of external stimuli

Aline Duarte, Guilherme Ost

We study a stochastic process describing the continuous time evolution of the membrane potentials of finite system of neurons in the absence of external stimuli. The values of the membrane potentials evolve under the effect of chemical synapses, electrical synapses and a leak current.

The onset of data-driven mental archeology

Sidarta Ribeiro

How did human consciousness arise, in comparison with that of apes? This question has motivated many hypotheses, from psychoanalysis (Freud, 1939) and literature (Bloom, 1999) to evolutionary psychology (Dennett, 1997; Tomasello, 2014). One of the most provocative is that of Julian Jaynes (1976), who understood the question as pertaining to the cultural evolution of introspection during the first millennium BC, known as Axial Age (Jaspers, 1953).

On a toy model of interacting neurons

Nicolas Fournier, Eva Löcherbach

We continue the study of a stochastic system of interacting neurons introduced in De Masi-Galves-Löcherbach-Presutti (2014). The system consists of N neurons, each spiking randomly with rate depending on its membrane potential. At its spiking time, the neuron potential is reset to 0 and all other neurons receive an additional amount 1/N of potential. Moreover, electrical synapses induce a deterministic drift of the system towards its center of mass. We prove propagation of chaos of the system, as N tends to infinity, to a limit nonlinear jumping stochastic differential equation.

Predicting upcoming actions by observation: some facts, models and challenges

C. D. Vargas, M. L. Rangel, A. Galves

Predicting another person's upcoming action to build an appropriate response is a regular occurrence in the domain of motor control. In this review we discuss conceptual and experimental approaches aiming at the neural basis of predicting and learning to predict upcoming movements by their observation.

On the Number of Orientations of Random Graphs with No Directed Cycles of a Given Length

P. Allen, Y. Kohayakawa, G. O. Mota, R. F. Parente

Let H⃗ be an orientation of a graph H. Alon and Yuster proposed the problem of determining or estimating D(n,m,H⃗), the maximum number of H⃗-free orientations a graph with n vertices and m edges may have. We consider the maximum number of H⃗-free orientations of typical graphs G(n,m) with n vertices and m edges. Suppose H⃗ =C↻ℓ is the directed cycle of length ℓ≥3. We show that if m≫n^(1+1/(ℓ−1)), then this maximum is 2^o(m), while if m≪n^(1+1/(ℓ−1)), then it is 2^(1−o(1))m.

Tight Hamilton cycles in random hypergraphs, Random Structures Algorithms

Allen, P.; Böttcher, J.; Kohayakawa, Y. and Person Y.

We give an algorithmic proof for the existence of tight Hamilton cycles in a random r-uniform hypergraph with edge probability p=n^{-1+eps} for every eps>0. This partly answers a question of Dudek and Frieze [Random Structures Algorithms], who used a second moment method to show that tight Hamilton cycles exist even for p=omega(n)/n (r>2) where omega(n) tends to infinity arbitrary slowly, and for p=(e+o(1))/n (r>3). The method we develop for proving our result applies to related problems as well.

Stochastically Perturbed Chains of Variable Memory

Garcia, N. L. and Moreira, L. - In this paper, we study inference for chains of variable order under two distinct contamination regimes. Consider a chain of variable memory on a finite alphabet containing zero, at each instant of time an independent coin is flipped and if it turns head a contamination occurs.

Undersampled Critical Branching Processes on Small-World and Random Networks Fail to Reproduce the Statistics of Spike Avalanches

Ribeiro, T. L. ; Ribeiro, S. ; Belchior, H. ; Caixeta, F. and Copelli, M. - The power-law size distributions obtained experimentally for neuronal avalanches are an important evidence of criticality in the brain. This evidence is supported by the fact that a critical branching process exhibits the same exponent τ=3/2. Models at criticality have been employed to mimic avalanche propagation and explain the statistics observed experimentally.

Hydrodynamic limit for interacting neurons

De Masi, A. ; Galves, A. ; Löcherbach, E. and Presutti, E. - This paper studies the hydrodynamic limit of a stochastic process describing the time evolution of a system with N neurons with mean-field interactions produced both by chemical and by electrical synapses.

Independence tests for continuous random variables based on the longest increasing subsequence

García, J. E. and González-López, V. A. - We propose a new class of nonparametric tests for the supposition of independence between two continuous random variables X and Y. Given a size n sample, let π be the permutation which maps the ranks of the X observations on the rank of the Y observations.




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