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Stimulus reference frame and neural coding precision

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    0459548 - FGU-C 2017 RIV US eng J - Článek v odborném periodiku
    Košťál, Lubomír
    Stimulus reference frame and neural coding precision.
    Journal of Mathematical Psychology. Roč. 71, Apr 2016 (2016), s. 22-27 ISSN 0022-2496
    Grant CEP: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-08066S
    Institucionální podpora: RVO:67985823
    Klíčová slova: Fisher information * coding accuracy * measurement scale * Jeffreys prior
    Kód oboru RIV: FH - Neurologie, neurochirurgie, neurovědy
    Impakt faktor: 1.377, rok: 2016

    Any particular stimulus intensity, as a physical quantity, can be equivalently described in different unit systems. Researchers automatically expect the methodology and the inference obtained about the neural coding precision to be independent from such a subjective choice. We show, however, that the Fisher information, which is arguably the most popular measure of coding accuracy, may yield incompatible and in fact arbitrary results just by re-evaluating the identical stimulation scenario in transformed units. We consider only regular scale transformations given by strictly increasing and differentiable functions. On one hand, our results point to a potentially problematic aspect of the Fisher information application. On the other hand, we speculate that the unwanted transformation covariance may be removed by considering the psychophysical scale based on the ideal observer paradigm. We show that such scale implies constant Fisher information and that the matching stimulus distribution is given by the Jeffreys prior. The psychophysical perspective thus provides a novel justification for the special role of the Jeffreys prior in neural coding theory.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0259735