It is hypothesized that the striate cortex is concerned with, among other things, removing binocular correlations in the inputs. This theory is applied to explain the different ocular dominance column (ODC) formations observed after visual developments under strabismus, excessive binocular correlations, normal environment, and monocular deprivation. These ODC formations are shown to be consequences of decorrelation coding strategies for different binocular input statistics. Experimental tests of the theory are suggested.
Published in The neurobiology of computation (Proceeding of computational neuroscience conference 1994) P. 397-402. Ed. J. Bower, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.