Formal methods for checking the consistency of biological models

Allan Clark, Vashti Galpin, Stephen Gilmore, Maria Luisa Guerriero, Jane Hillston

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Formal modeling approaches such as process algebras and Petri nets seek to provide insight into biological processes by using both symbolic and numerical methods to reveal the dynamics of the process under study. These formal approaches differ from classical methods of investigating the dynamics of the process through numerical integration of ODEs because they additionally provide alternative representations which are amenable to discrete-state analysis and logical reasoning. Backed by these additional analysis methods, formal modeling approaches have been able to identify errors in published and widely-cited biological models. This paper provides an introduction to these analysis methods, and explains the benefits which they can bring to ensuring the consistency of biological models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Systems Biology
EditorsIgor I. Goryanin, Andrew B. Goryachev
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4419-7210-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-7209-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer New York
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


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