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Inferring Brain Signals Synchronicity from a Sample of EEG Readings

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:00
Donatello Telesca, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, UCLA
Statistics Seminar
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)

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Abstract:  Inferring patterns of synchronous brain activity from a heterogeneous sample of electroencephalograms (EEG) is scientifically and methodologically challenging. While it is statistically appealing to rely on readings from more than one individual in order to highlight patterns of coordinated brain activities, pooling information across subjects presents with non trivial methodological problems. We discuss some of the scientific issues associated with the understanding of synchronized neuronal activity and propose a methodological framework for statistical inference from a sample of EEG readings. Our work builds on classical contributions in time-series, cluster and functional data analysis, in an effort to reframe a challenging inferential problem in the context of familiar analytical techniques. Some attention is paid to computational issues, with a proposal based on the hybrid combination of machine learning and Bayesian techniques.