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# Compute coherence in source space using a MNE inverse solution¶

This example computes the coherence between a seed in the left auditory cortex and the rest of the brain based on single-trial MNE-dSPM inverse solutions.

```
# Author: Martin Luessi <mluessi@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu>
#
# License: BSD (3-clause)
import numpy as np
import mne
from mne.datasets import sample
from mne.minimum_norm import (apply_inverse, apply_inverse_epochs,
read_inverse_operator)
from mne.connectivity import seed_target_indices, spectral_connectivity
print(__doc__)
```

## Read the data¶

First we’ll read in the sample MEG data that we’ll use for computing coherence between channels. We’ll convert this into epochs in order to compute the event-related coherence.

```
data_path = sample.data_path()
subjects_dir = data_path + '/subjects'
fname_inv = data_path + '/MEG/sample/sample_audvis-meg-oct-6-meg-inv.fif'
fname_raw = data_path + '/MEG/sample/sample_audvis_filt-0-40_raw.fif'
fname_event = data_path + '/MEG/sample/sample_audvis_filt-0-40_raw-eve.fif'
label_name_lh = 'Aud-lh'
fname_label_lh = data_path + '/MEG/sample/labels/%s.label' % label_name_lh
event_id, tmin, tmax = 1, -0.2, 0.5
method = "dSPM" # use dSPM method (could also be MNE or sLORETA)
# Load data.
inverse_operator = read_inverse_operator(fname_inv)
label_lh = mne.read_label(fname_label_lh)
raw = mne.io.read_raw_fif(fname_raw)
events = mne.read_events(fname_event)
# Add a bad channel.
raw.info['bads'] += ['MEG 2443']
# pick MEG channels.
picks = mne.pick_types(raw.info, meg=True, eeg=False, stim=False, eog=True,
exclude='bads')
# Read epochs.
epochs = mne.Epochs(raw, events, event_id, tmin, tmax, picks=picks,
baseline=(None, 0),
reject=dict(mag=4e-12, grad=4000e-13, eog=150e-6))
```

Out:

```
Reading inverse operator decomposition from /home/circleci/mne_data/MNE-sample-data/MEG/sample/sample_audvis-meg-oct-6-meg-inv.fif...
Reading inverse operator info...
[done]
Reading inverse operator decomposition...
[done]
305 x 305 full covariance (kind = 1) found.
Read a total of 4 projection items:
PCA-v1 (1 x 102) active
PCA-v2 (1 x 102) active
PCA-v3 (1 x 102) active
Average EEG reference (1 x 60) active
Noise covariance matrix read.
22494 x 22494 diagonal covariance (kind = 2) found.
Source covariance matrix read.
22494 x 22494 diagonal covariance (kind = 6) found.
Orientation priors read.
22494 x 22494 diagonal covariance (kind = 5) found.
Depth priors read.
Did not find the desired covariance matrix (kind = 3)
Reading a source space...
Computing patch statistics...
Patch information added...
Distance information added...
[done]
Reading a source space...
Computing patch statistics...
Patch information added...
Distance information added...
[done]
2 source spaces read
Read a total of 4 projection items:
PCA-v1 (1 x 102) active
PCA-v2 (1 x 102) active
PCA-v3 (1 x 102) active
Average EEG reference (1 x 60) active
Source spaces transformed to the inverse solution coordinate frame
Opening raw data file /home/circleci/mne_data/MNE-sample-data/MEG/sample/sample_audvis_filt-0-40_raw.fif...
Read a total of 4 projection items:
PCA-v1 (1 x 102) idle
PCA-v2 (1 x 102) idle
PCA-v3 (1 x 102) idle
Average EEG reference (1 x 60) idle
Range : 6450 ... 48149 = 42.956 ... 320.665 secs
Ready.
Not setting metadata
Not setting metadata
72 matching events found
Applying baseline correction (mode: mean)
Created an SSP operator (subspace dimension = 3)
4 projection items activated
```

## Choose channels for coherence estimation¶

Next we’ll calculate our channel sources. Then we’ll find the most active vertex in the left auditory cortex, which we will later use as seed for the connectivity computation.

```
snr = 3.0
lambda2 = 1.0 / snr ** 2
evoked = epochs.average()
stc = apply_inverse(evoked, inverse_operator, lambda2, method,
pick_ori="normal")
# Restrict the source estimate to the label in the left auditory cortex.
stc_label = stc.in_label(label_lh)
# Find number and index of vertex with most power.
src_pow = np.sum(stc_label.data ** 2, axis=1)
seed_vertno = stc_label.vertices[0][np.argmax(src_pow)]
seed_idx = np.searchsorted(stc.vertices[0], seed_vertno) # index in orig stc
# Generate index parameter for seed-based connectivity analysis.
n_sources = stc.data.shape[0]
indices = seed_target_indices([seed_idx], np.arange(n_sources))
```

Out:

```
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on MAG : ['MEG 1711']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Removing projector <Projection | Average EEG reference, active : True, n_channels : 60>
Preparing the inverse operator for use...
Scaled noise and source covariance from nave = 1 to nave = 55
Created the regularized inverter
Created an SSP operator (subspace dimension = 3)
Created the whitener using a noise covariance matrix with rank 302 (3 small eigenvalues omitted)
Computing noise-normalization factors (dSPM)...
[done]
Applying inverse operator to "1"...
Picked 305 channels from the data
Computing inverse...
Eigenleads need to be weighted ...
Computing residual...
Explained 59.3% variance
dSPM...
[done]
```

Compute the inverse solution for each epoch. By using “return_generator=True” stcs will be a generator object instead of a list. This allows us so to compute the coherence without having to keep all source estimates in memory.

```
snr = 1.0 # use lower SNR for single epochs
lambda2 = 1.0 / snr ** 2
stcs = apply_inverse_epochs(epochs, inverse_operator, lambda2, method,
pick_ori="normal", return_generator=True)
```

## Compute the coherence between sources¶

Now we are ready to compute the coherence in the alpha and beta band. fmin and fmax specify the lower and upper freq. for each band, respectively.

To speed things up, we use 2 parallel jobs and use mode=’fourier’, which uses a FFT with a Hanning window to compute the spectra (instead of a multitaper estimation, which has a lower variance but is slower). By using faverage=True, we directly average the coherence in the alpha and beta band, i.e., we will only get 2 frequency bins.

```
fmin = (8., 13.)
fmax = (13., 30.)
sfreq = raw.info['sfreq'] # the sampling frequency
coh, freqs, times, n_epochs, n_tapers = spectral_connectivity(
stcs, method='coh', mode='fourier', indices=indices,
sfreq=sfreq, fmin=fmin, fmax=fmax, faverage=True, n_jobs=1)
print('Frequencies in Hz over which coherence was averaged for alpha: ')
print(freqs[0])
print('Frequencies in Hz over which coherence was averaged for beta: ')
print(freqs[1])
```

Out:

```
Connectivity computation...
Preparing the inverse operator for use...
Scaled noise and source covariance from nave = 1 to nave = 1
Created the regularized inverter
Created an SSP operator (subspace dimension = 3)
Created the whitener using a noise covariance matrix with rank 302 (3 small eigenvalues omitted)
Computing noise-normalization factors (dSPM)...
[done]
Picked 305 channels from the data
Computing inverse...
Eigenleads need to be weighted ...
Processing epoch : 1 / 72 (at most)
computing connectivity for 7498 connections
using t=-0.200s..0.499s for estimation (106 points)
computing connectivity for the bands:
band 1: 8.5Hz..12.7Hz (4 points)
band 2: 14.2Hz..29.7Hz (12 points)
connectivity scores will be averaged for each band
using FFT with a Hanning window to estimate spectra
the following metrics will be computed: Coherence
computing connectivity for epoch 1
Processing epoch : 2 / 72 (at most)
computing connectivity for epoch 2
Processing epoch : 3 / 72 (at most)
computing connectivity for epoch 3
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computing connectivity for epoch 10
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
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computing connectivity for epoch 11
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computing connectivity for epoch 12
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computing connectivity for epoch 13
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
Rejecting epoch based on EOG : ['EOG 061']
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computing connectivity for epoch 14
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Rejecting epoch based on MAG : ['MEG 1711']
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[done]
[Connectivity computation done]
Frequencies in Hz over which coherence was averaged for alpha:
[ 8.49926873 9.91581352 11.33235831 12.74890309]
Frequencies in Hz over which coherence was averaged for beta:
[14.16544788 15.58199267 16.99853746 18.41508225 19.83162704 21.24817182
22.66471661 24.0812614 25.49780619 26.91435098 28.33089577 29.74744055]
```

## Generate coherence sources and plot¶

Finally, we’ll generate a SourceEstimate with the coherence. This is simple
since we used a single seed. For more than one seed we would have to choose
one of the slices within `coh`

.

Note

We use a hack to save the frequency axis as time.

Finally, we’ll plot this source estimate on the brain.

```
tmin = np.mean(freqs[0])
tstep = np.mean(freqs[1]) - tmin
coh_stc = mne.SourceEstimate(coh, vertices=stc.vertices, tmin=1e-3 * tmin,
tstep=1e-3 * tstep, subject='sample')
# Now we can visualize the coherence using the plot method.
brain = coh_stc.plot('sample', 'inflated', 'both',
time_label='Coherence %0.1f Hz',
subjects_dir=subjects_dir,
clim=dict(kind='value', lims=(0.25, 0.4, 0.65)))
brain.show_view('lateral')
```

**Total running time of the script:** ( 0 minutes 28.770 seconds)

**Estimated memory usage:** 60 MB