## Model Complexity in Mathematical Biology

Most biological systems consist of many moving parts that happen at slightly different timescales. A true-to-life biological model of a sub-network might include dozens of parameters and biological species, regardless of the scale. Constructing a model with an appropriate level of complexity is one of the challenges in mathematical biology. Why is model complexity an… Continue reading Model Complexity in Mathematical Biology

## What makes a model good?

How can we identify a good mathematical model? Over focusing on one aspect of modeling (fitting, inference) may not be the best approach. Here are 6 qualities that defines a good model: Reflects data accurately Not overly complex Has predictive power Consistent with general knowledge of the system Can be studied mathematically Can be simulated… Continue reading What makes a model good?

## Different Types of Models: Mathematical and Statistical

There are two broad categories of models: statistical and mathematical. Statistical Models Statistical models are a subset of mathematical models. I am dividing them into two broad categories, although it is a fairly arbitrary distinction. Models to Identify Relationships Statistical models may be used to find relationships between inputs and outputs of a system. These… Continue reading Different Types of Models: Mathematical and Statistical