Identifying Chaotic FitzHugh–Nagumo Neurons Using Compressive Sensing

Ri-Qi Su, Ying-Cheng Lai, Xiao Wang

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We develop a completely data-driven approach to reconstructing coupled neuronal networks that contain a small subset of chaotic neurons. Such chaotic elements can be the result of parameter shift in their individual dynamical systems and may lead to
abnormal functions of the network. To accurately identify the chaotic neurons may thus be necessary and important, for example, applying appropriate controls to bring the network
to a normal state. However, due to couplings among the nodes, the measured time series, even from non-chaotic neurons, would appear random, rendering inapplicable traditional nonlinear time-series analysis, such as the delay-coordinate embedding method, which yields information about the global dynamics of the entire network. Our method is based on compressive sensing. In particular, we demonstrate that identifying chaotic elements can
be formulated as a general problem of reconstructing the nodal dynamical systems, network connections and all coupling functions, as well as their weights. The working and efficiency
of the method are illustrated by using networks of non-identical FitzHugh–Nagumo neurons with randomly-distributed coupling weights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3889-3902
Number of pages14
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 07/07/2014


  • compressive sensing
  • nonlinear system identification
  • neuronal networks
  • chaos
  • random networks


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