Neural complexity and structural connectivity

L. Barnett, C. L. Buckley, S. Bullock
2009 Physical Review E  
Tononi et al. ͓Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 91, 5033 ͑1994͔͒ proposed a measure of neural complexity based on mutual information between complementary subsystems of a given neural network, which has attracted much interest in the neuroscience community and beyond. We develop an approximation of the measure for a popular Gaussian model which, applied to a continuous-time process, elucidates the relationship between the complexity of a neural system and its structural connectivity. Moreover, the
more » ... approximation is accurate for weakly coupled systems and computationally cheap, scaling polynomially with system size in contrast to the full complexity measure, which scales exponentially. We also discuss connectivity normalization and resolve some issues stemming from an ambiguity in the original Gaussian model.
doi:10.1103/physreve.79.051914 pmid:19518487 fatcat:o7o5lop54fcxlfjq5wsjkkvice