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SynapsesSA is a tool designed to process and analyze patterns in the three-dimensional spatial distribution of cortical synapses. It brings a variety of both innovative and well-known techniques from the spatial statistics field and a web-based graphical interface compatible with most common browsers.


  • Process and visualize data from cortical synapses
  • Model the spatial distribution of the synapses
  • Replicate, via simulation, samples of cortical synapses
  • Compare several indicators obtained from data of different layers

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