Parameter estimation using moment-closure methods
published: April 17, 2008, recorded: March 2008, views: 4306
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This poster will give tackle one of the key problems in the new science of systems biology: inference for the rate parameters underlying complex stochastic kinetic biochemical network models, using partial, discrete, and noisy time-course measurements of the system state. Although inference for exact stochastic models is possible, it is computionally intensive for relatively small networks. We explore Bayesian estimation of stochastic kinetic rate parameters using approximate models, based on moment closure analysis of the underlying stochastic process. By assuming a Gaussian distribution and using moment-closure estimates of the first two-moments, we can greatly increase the speed of parameter inference. The parameter space can be efficiently explored by embedding this approximation into an MCMC procedure.
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