SNAP Sorter

Smart Neural Action Potential Software for Fast, Consistent
Auto-Clustering Results and Same Day Data Analysis

SNAP Sorter provides fast and consistent auto-clustering results of tetrode spikes, classifying and sorting over 100,000 spikes in minutes. With SNAP, you can record, classify and sort, batch process, and analyze data sets in the same day – and with better results!

Within TWO hours, SNAP Sorter batch processes all tetrode spike files in a data set - which are then available for review with Neuralynx’s SpikeSort 3D (SS3D) software. However, the tetrode spike and cluster definitions are so accurate that, in most cases, the results rarely require touch up with SS3D.

SNAP Screenshot

SS3D Display of SNAP Sorter results for 3 Tetrode Cells.
While easy to manually sort, SNAP provides results without your intervention!

As the number of implanted tetrodes increases, the hours and effort required for manual spike sorting is prohibitive – in time, in cost and in delayed results! SNAP Sorter’s automated spike sorting saves researcher time and effort:

  • Eliminates hours of manual spike sorting on each data set
  • Provides better results than manual cutting
  • Provides results before next day’s recording
  • Interfaces with Neuralynx SpikeSort 3D (SS3D) software for review and touchup

Without SNAP = 480 hours of manual labor before data analysis begins
1 rat with 24 implanted tetrodes requires 8 hours of manual spike sorting per recording session x 60 recording sessions = 480 hours of painstaking spike sort preparation before you can analyze your data! Normally, spike sorting and data analysis doesn’t begin until after all recording sessions are completed. This impacts the integrity of your experiment – from assessment of signal quality per session to experiment control and parameters. How many times have you wanted to rerun an experiment or settled for inferior results?

With SNAP = 2 hours of SNAP sorting for you, then begin data analysis
Same rat with 24 implanted tetrodes requires ZERO hours of manual spike sorting per recording session – and spike sorting results are available within TWO hours after the recording session ends! Data analysis can begin immediately after SNAP completes auto-clustering. While SNAP is sorting, you don’t have to – you are free to do other work or go grab a coffee!

Analysis results for experiment feedback are available the same day – prior to the next recording sessions. This gives you valuable and almost immediate insight into your experiment’s effectiveness and outcomes, allowing you to adjust/change experiment protocols between sessions to achieve the quality results you need.

SNAP does the sorting - so you don’t have to!
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Developed and used daily by MIT rodent and NHP labs, the algorithm for cluster analysis is patented by MIT and licensed exclusively by Neuralynx.