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A method is presented for analyzing cochlear implant stimulations and typical representations used in simulations. Filtered "white-noise" bands are modulated using sinusoids, representing differing stimulation channels. These representations, along with their corresponding envelopes, are used to generate neural activation patterns (NAPs), which represent "normal-hearing" responses In the auditory nerve to these stimuli. Additionally, NAPs are generated to represent the neural activity induced by cochlear implant stimulation strategies, assuming exponential rolloff from the electrodes. The mean squared error is measured between NAPs both directly, and after compensation for perceptual resolution. Results suggest that the noise-band approximation of the CIS implant signal actually has more in common with the original source than with the implant stimulation patterns.