Section: New Software and Platforms


Participants : Philippe Ciuciu [correspondant] , Aina Frau Pascual, Salma Torkhani.

PyHRF is a set of tools for within-subject fMRI data analysis, focused on the characterization of the hemodynamics. Within the chain of fMRI data processing, these tools provide alternatives to the classical within-subject GLM estimation step. The inputs are preprocessed within-subject data and the outputs are statistical maps and/or fitted HRFs. The package is mainly written in Python and provides the implementation of the two following methods:

  • The joint-detection estimation (JDE) approach, that divides the brain into functionally homogeneous regions and provides one HRF estimate per region as well as response levels specific to each voxel and each experimental condition. This method embeds a temporal regularization on the estimated HRFs and an adaptive spatial regularization on the response levels.

  • The Regularized Finite Impulse Response (RFIR) approach, that provides HRF estimates for each voxel and experimental conditions. This method embeds a temporal regularization on the HRF shapes, but proceeds independently across voxels (no spatial model).

The development of PyHRF is now funded by an Inria ADT, in collaboration with MISTIS.

  • Version: 0.1

  • Keywords: Hemodynamic response function; estimation; detection; fMRI

  • License: BSD 4

  • Multiplatform: Windows - Linux - MacOSX

  • Programming language: Python