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Variables and Parameter Names

Conventions for Parameters

  1. Do not use capitalization to indicate whether a value in the status dictionary is variable.
  2. Where available, use the notation from P.Dayan & L.F.Abbott, Theoretical Neuroscience, MIT Press, 2001.
  3. Where not available, use a notation that is consistent with Dayan & Abbott.
  4. Subscripts are indicated by underscores

Parameters and Symbols

PARAMETER                        | SYMBOL/NAME
---------------------------------|------------
Membrane potential               | V_m
Resting potential                | E_L
Input current                    | I_e
Leak current                     | I_L
Threshold                        | V_th
Reset Potential                  | V_reset
Capacity or specific capacitance | c_m
Capacitance                      | C_m
Membrane time const.             | tau_m
Synapse time constant            | tau_syn
Refractory period                | t_ref
Time of last spike               | t_spike
Excitatory reversal potential    | E_ex
Inhibitory reversal potential    | E_in
Conductance                      | g
Leak conductance                 | g_L
Sodium conductance               | g_Na
Sodium reversal potential        | E_Na
Potassium conductance            | g_K
Potassium reversal potential     | E_K

Common Suffixes (subscripts)

SUBSCRIPT                        | MEANING
---------------------------------|------------
m                                | membrane
L                                | leak
e                                | extern
th                               | threshold
syn                              | synapse
ref                              | refractory
ex                               | excitatory
in                               | inhibitory