This function returns the Burke Taper. This function is measured between two bifurcation points.
Formula : D a - D b


Function Output Type : Real

Calculated : At each bifurcation point

Returns a value : For each branch

Command Line Usage Function : "-f21, 0, 0, 10.0"

Metric Total_Sum #Compartments
Minimum Average Maximum S.D.
Taper_1 -1.4721 89 (1465) -0.0636 -0.0165 0.003 0.072459
*All units are ratios

Values to consider : All

Output Interpretation :

Burke Taper: actual diameter of the bifurcation compartment (Da) minus previous bifurcation compartment diameter ( Dc ), divided by the total length(L) of the branch = (Da - Dc) /L

Total_Sum = -1.4721 gives Total_Sum, Minimum = -0.0636 gives minimum, Maximum = 0.003 gives maximum for given input neuron.

References :
- Taper1 values are positive.
- If there are Negative values, that means the given reconstruction file has smaller parent diameters when compared to the daughter branches.