Dynamic Programming

A maze, referenced later.

Cortical Modeling

Dynamic Programming is an important tool of computational anatomy. Imagine the cortex of the brain as a folded sheet within which there is a series of sulci and gyri that are the valleys and ridges respectively. Though one would think that due to the functional significance of these structures, they would appear uniformly in almost all human brains, even the gyri and sulci that appear in all normal brains exhibit a great range of variability in size and configuration.

In order to better understand the brain itself one must be able to look beyond the variations that exist between different people and concentrate on the basic structures that are universal. We can begin to do this by either beginning by characterizing the sulci or the gyri in terms of the geometry of the cortical surface.