Mean Spike Rate#

Annotated Mean Spike Rate editor
Estimates the mean spike rate across time and channels. Uses an exponentially weighted moving average to estimate a temporal mean (with adjustable time constant), and averages the rate across selected spike channels (electrodes). Outputs the resulting rate onto a selected continuous channel (overwriting its contents).#

Plugin Type



Windows, Mac, Linux

Built in?


Key Developers

Ethan Blackwood

Source Code


Installing and upgrading#

The Mean Spike Rate plugin is not included by default in the Open Ephys GUI. To install, use ctrl-P or ⌘P to access the Plugin Installer, browse to the “Mean Spike Rate” plugin, and click the “Install” button.

The Plugin Installer also allows you to upgrade to the latest version of this plugin, if it’s already installed.

Plugin configuration#

The plugin editor allows the user to set the following parameters:

  • Active Spike Channels: The spike channels to include in the mean spike rate calculation.

  • Inactive Spike Channels: The spike channels to exclude from the mean spike rate calculation.

  • Output: The continuous channel to output the mean spike rate onto. The mean spike rate will overwrite the contents of this channel.

  • Time Constant (ms): The time constant of the exponentially weighted moving average used to estimate the mean spike rate.