Statistical Models of Neural Activity, Criticality, and Zipf’s Law

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We discuss the connections between the observations of critical dynamics in neuronal networks and the maximum entropy models that are often used as statistical models of neural activity, focusing in particular on the relation between statistical and dynamical criticality. We present examples of systems that are critical in one way, but not in the other, exemplifying thus the difference of the two concepts. We then discuss the emergence of Zipf laws in neural activity, verifying their presence in retinal activity under a number of different conditions. In the second part of the chapter we review connections between statistical criticality and the structure of the parameter space, as described by Fisher information. We note that the model-based signature of criticality, namely the divergence of specific heat, emerges independently of the dataset studied; we suggest this is compatible with previous theoretical findings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Functional Role of Critical Dynamics in Neural Systems
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20965-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20964-3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Bio- and Neurosystems
ISSN (Print)2520-8535
ISSN (Electronic)2520-8543


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