A Look-Ahead Simulation Algorithm for DBN Models of Biochemical Pathways

Sucheendra Palaniappan 1, 2 Matthieu Pichené 1 Grégory Batt 2 Eric Fabre 1 Blaise Genest 1
1 SUMO - SUpervision of large MOdular and distributed systems
IRISA-D4 - LANGAGE ET GÉNIE LOGICIEL, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) have been proposed [16] as an efficient abstraction formalism of biochemical models. They have been shown to approximate well the dynamics of biochemical models, while offering improved efficiency for their analysis [17,18]. In this paper, we compare different representations and simulation schemes on these DBNs, testing their efficiency and accuracy as abstractions of biological pathways. When generating these DBNs, many configurations are never explored by the underlying dynamics of the biological systems. This can be used to obtain sparse representations to store and analyze DBNs in a compact way. On the other hand, when simulating these DBNs, singular configurations may be encountered, that is configurations from where no transition probability is defined. This makes simulation more complex. We initially evaluate two simple strategies for dealing with singularities: First, re-sampling simulations visiting singular configurations; second filling up uniformly these singular transition probabilities. We show that both these approaches are error prone. Next, we propose a new algorithm which samples only those configurations that avoid singularities by using a look-ahead strategy. Experiments show that this approach is the most accurate while having a reasonable run time.
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Sucheendra Palaniappan, Matthieu Pichené, Grégory Batt, Eric Fabre, Blaise Genest. A Look-Ahead Simulation Algorithm for DBN Models of Biochemical Pathways. Hybrid Systems Biology, 5th International Workshop, HSB 2016, Oct 2016, Grenoble, France. pp.3-15, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-47151-8_1⟩. ⟨hal-01406115⟩

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