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NEURON at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience meeting

The 2012 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience starts at the end of next week, and as usual we're presenting a 1 day course on NEURON. Registration has officially closed, but there is a possibility that one or two places may open up--so if you are interested, contact me
ted dot carnevale at yale dot edu
as soon as possible and I'll see what can be done.

Also, I am again trying to build a list of presentations that report work that was done with NEURON. Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten any easier to identify these from SFN's "abstract planner" so please tell me if you know of something that should be included in the list. The list will be posted at


NEURON at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience meeting

The 2011 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience starts in just a few days, and once again I am trying to assemble a list of presentations that report work that was done with NEURON. So far I have identified 21 papers, which you can see here:


I know there are more to be found, but strict limits on abstract length prevent authors from including all but the most essential information. So if you know of anything else that should be added or other changes that should be made, please contact me

Benford's law, first digit law, leading digit phenomenon

Today's post is belongs to the "new thought of the day" category. It bears on issues of data quality, "favorite numbers," plausibility of results, etc., but it's also just an interesting phenomenon in itself. Some of you may have known about Benford's law already, but it was news to me. I stumbled into it while perusing online resources about FFT and DSP (see chapter 34 in Smith, available at http://www.dspguide.com/ch34/1.htm, see References below).

Hill (1995) provides a concise description of Benford's law

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ModelDB and NSCI 550

We're teaching a course in neuroinformatics at Yale, and one of the assignments is for students to find a published model in ModelDB, read the associated paper, download and use the source code, and then give a brief presentation.

Typos: one of many reasons why model sharing is essential

A few days ago we received an email from a NEURON user who was working through the examples in
Hines, M.L. and Carnevale, N.T.
NEURON: a tool for neuroscientists.
The Neuroscientist 7:123-135, 2001.

Online resources

Here's a list of some of my favorite online resources related to computational modeling.
http://www.neuron.yale.edu/ NEURON's WWW site
But of course!

Preparing for the winter 2010 meeting and course

Preparations for the winter (barely!) meeting and course at the U of A in Tucson, AZ (March 22-26, 2010), continue to move along. All this happened on December 1: announcements went out, new WWW pages were launched (see http://www.neuron.yale.edu/neuron/static/meetings/nsm2010.html), and registration opened. Several people have already signed up, most from outside the vicinity of Tucson.

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