A Sparse Multiwavelet-Based Generalized Laguerre-Volterra Model for Identifying Time-Varying Neural Dynamics from Spiking Activities Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 by the authors. Modeling of a time-varying dynamical system provides insights into the functions of biological neural networks and contributes to the development of next-generation neural prostheses. In this paper, we have formulated a novel sparse multiwavelet-based generalized Laguerre-Volterra (sMGLV) modeling framework to identify the time-varying neural dynamics from multiple spike train data. First, the significant inputs are selected by using a group least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) method, which can capture the sparsity within the neural system. Second, the multiwavelet-based basis function expansion scheme with an efficient forward orthogonal regression (FOR) algorithm aided by mutual information is utilized to rapidly capture the time-varying characteristics from the sparse model. Quantitative simulation results demonstrate that the proposed sMGLV model in this paper outperforms the initial full model and the state-of-the-art modeling methods in tracking performance for various time-varying kernels. Analyses of experimental data show that the proposed sMGLV model can capture the timing of transient changes accurately. The proposed framework will be useful to the study of how, when, and where information transmission processes across brain regions evolve in behavior.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, S., Li, Y., Huang, T., & Chan, R.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Xu, Song||Li, Yang||Huang, Tingwen||Chan, Rosa HM

publication date

  • August 2017