A digital-computer model of nerve-cell functioning [by] Donald H. Perkel.

by Donald H. Perkel

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A description of a mathematical model of nerve-cell functioning embodied in digital-computer programs that simulate the behavior of nerve cells, their interconnecting fibers, and extrinsic sources of impulses. The simulation is not performed over a sequence of equally spaced time steps, but rather utilizes a continuous time parameter. The memorandum describes the workings of two programs embodying the model: one for a single cell, the other for a network. Some proposed modifications of the model are also discussed. A description of a mathematical model of nerve-cell functioning embodied in digital-computer programs that simulate the behavior of nerve cells, their interconnecting fibers, and extrinsic sources of impulses. The simulation is not performed over a sequence of equally spaced time steps, but rather utilizes a continuous time parameter. The memorandum describes the workings of two programs embodying the model: one for a single cell, the other for a network. Some proposed modifications of the model are also discussed. 51 pp.

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