Be like Mike: Michael Jordan’s reading list

Not this Michael Jordan, that Michael Jordan. There’s a machine learning reading list by Michael Jordan that’s been floating around on Hacker News for a few years, and in a recent AMA he added a few more. Full list: Casella, G. and Berger, R.L. (2001). “Statistical Inference” Duxbury Press. Ferguson, T. (1996). “A Course in Large Sample Theory” … More Be like Mike: Michael Jordan’s reading list

Normalization as a canonical neural computation

There’s an excellent review on normalization in the January 2012 edition of Nature Reviews Neuroscience by Carandini and Heeger. The theory and mathematics of normalization have stayed consistent since the seminal papers Heeger (1992) and  Carandini and Heeger (1994). The response of a given neuron is divided by the summed output of a normalization pool, … More Normalization as a canonical neural computation

Learning about GLMs and GAMs in neuroscience

During my lecture on Wednesday, a few students asked me where they could learn more about generalized linear and additive models (GLMs and GAMs) and their applications to systems identification in neuroscience. Unfortunately, there are few textbooks in computational neuroscience, and most cover systems identification to some degree, most notably Marmarelis’ latest. To the best … More Learning about GLMs and GAMs in neuroscience

Idle reading

I’ve been swamped with work, so I haven’t had time to write original pieces for the blog. This will come soon enough, in the meantime, here’s some sciency stuff you might like. In case of a spider apocalypse, wear red Webvision reports on a fascinating study in Science on the use of defocus as a … More Idle reading

Computational models of vision: reading list and code

Geoff Boynton has a nice webpage for a Special Topics in Vision class he gave a few years ago. The class website includes a linked list of influential papers on vision, with an emphasis on papers with a strong computational component. Also available is a zip file with a large number of matlab functions demonstrating … More Computational models of vision: reading list and code