Optimal coding for naturally occurring whisker deflections

Verena Vanessa Hafner*, Miriam Fend, Max Lungarella, Rolf Pfeifer, Peter König, Konrad Paul Körding

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It is largely unknown how the properties of the somatosensory system relate to the properties of naturally occurring whisker deflections. Here, we analyse representations of simulated neurons that have optimally sparse activity in response to recorded reflections of a rat whisker from surfaces of everyday objects. These representations predict a number of interesting properties of neurons in the somatosensory system that have not been measured yet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-812
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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