We investigate through theoretical analysis and computer simulations the consequences of unreliable synapses for fast analog computations in networks of spiking neurons, with analog variables encoded by the current firing activities of pools of spiking neurons. Our results suggest a possible functional role for the well-established unreliability of synaptic transmission on the network level. We also investigate computations on time series and Hebbian learning in this context of space-rate coding in networks of spiking neurons with unreliable synapses.

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