Journal of Computational Neuroscience

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 39–53 | Cite as

Proposing a two-level stochastic model for epileptic seizure genesis

  • F. Shayegh
  • S. Sadri
  • R. Amirfattahi
  • K. Ansari-Asl


By assuming the brain as a multi-stable system, different scenarios have been introduced for transition from normal to epileptic state. But, the path through which this transition occurs is under debate. In this paper a stochastic model for seizure genesis is presented that is consistent with all scenarios: a two-level spontaneous seizure generation model is proposed in which, in its first level the behavior of physiological parameters is modeled with a stochastic process. The focus is on some physiological parameters that are essential in simulating different activities of ElectroEncephaloGram (EEG), i.e., excitatory and inhibitory synaptic gains of neuronal populations. There are many depth-EEG models in which excitatory and inhibitory synaptic gains are the adjustable parameters. Using one of these models at the second level, our proposed seizure generator is complete. The suggested stochastic model of first level is a hidden Markov process whose transition matrices are obtained through analyzing the real parameter sequences of a seizure onset area. These real parameter sequences are estimated from real depth-EEG signals via applying a parameter identification algorithm. In this paper both short-term and long-term validations of the proposed model are done. The long-term synthetic depth-EEG signals simulated by this model can be taken as a suitable tool for comparing different seizure prediction algorithms.


EEG generator Normal-to-seizure state transition Seizure Dynamical model Excitatory and inhibitory synaptic gains Hidden Markov Model 



The work of K. Ansari-Asl has been supported in part by Center for International Scientific Studies & Collaboration (CISSC) and French Embassy in Tehran.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Shayegh
    • 1
  • S. Sadri
    • 1
  • R. Amirfattahi
    • 1
  • K. Ansari-Asl
    • 2
  1. 1.Digital Signal Processing Research Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringIsfahan University of TechnologyIsfahanIran
  2. 2.Electrical Department, Engineering FacultyShahid Chamran University of AhvazAhvazIran

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