SpikeForest

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SpikeForest 

Rating: Excellent

Good Points: Easy to learn about and compare different programs right within the website

Weak Points: Nothing major

Easy to learn about and compare different programs right within the website
Neuronal recordings have been a cornerstone of neuroscience since the inception of the field. Recording technology has developed quite a bit since then, and today neuroscientists can record from hundreds or thousands of neurons over long periods of time. There are numerous programs and algorithms available to make sense of these large datasets, but it isn’t always immediately obvious which one is the best. SpikeForest, a project from the Flatiron Institute, is here to help with that. The website compares the accuracy of a number of spike sorting programs by running the same recording dataset through each algorithm. Instead of digging through publications to determine which algorithm is best for your dataset, a quick look through SpikeForest allows for easy comparison between programs. The website contains a large amount of information about each program they test, the algorithms and data they use, and how they make their comparisons. SpikeForest is a great resource for electrophysiologists, especially those trying to determine what spike sorting toolbox is best for them.

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