Neural Coding

Ralph Leonhardt leo at neuroinformatik.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Thu Oct 26 02:40:42 EST 2000

On Tue, 24 Oct 2000, mike wrote:

> Also, i was led to believe that they are 2 different things, despite the
> similarity their name would imply.  Is there a simple difference between
> the two?

Hi Mike,

a rate code averages the spike rate over a certain interval of time,
whereas a time code only considers the interval between two given
spikes. This is a very important distinction, since a time code requires
a precise synchronization of the involved neurons, whereas a rate code is
less vulnerable to stochastic effects concerning the spike timing at the
cost of a lower temporal resolution. 
IMHO the nervous system is using both principles depending on the
requirements of the specific task.

Greetings, Leo

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