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C. Letellier, I. Sendiña-Nadal, E. Bianco-Martinez & M. S. Baptista

A symbolic network-based nonlinear theory for dynamical systems observabilityScientific Reports,8, 3785, 2018.

AbstractWhen the state of the whole reaction network can be inferred by just measuring the dynamics of a limited set of nodes the system is said to be fully observable. However, as the number of all possible combinations of measured variables and time derivatives spanning the reconstructed state of the system exponentially increases with its dimension, the observability becomes a computationally prohibitive task. Our approach consists in computing the observability coefficients from a symbolic Jacobian matrix whose elements encode the linear, nonlinear polynomial or rational nature of the interaction among the variables. The novelty we introduce in this paper, required for treating large-dimensional systems, is to identify from the symbolic Jacobian matrix the minimal set of variables (together with their time derivatives) candidate to be measured for completing the state space reconstruction. Then symbolic observability coefficients are computed from the symbolic observability matrix. Our results are in agreement with the analytical computations, evidencing the correctness of our approach. Its application to efficiently exploring the dynamics of real world complex systems such as power grids, socioeconomic networks or biological networks is quite promising.

C. Letellier, S. Mangiarotti, I. Sendiña-Nadal & O. E. Rössler

Topological characterization versus synchronization for assessing (or not) dynamical equivalenceChaos,28, 045107, 2018. Online

Abstract

Model validation from experimental data is an important and not trivial topic which is too often reduced to a simple visual inspection of the state portrait spanned by the variables of the system. Synchronization was suggested as a possible technique for model validation. By means of a topological analysis, we revisited this concept with the help of an abstract chemical reaction system and data from two electrodissolution experiments conducted by Jack Hudson’s group. The fact that it was possible to synchronize topologically different global models led us to conclude that synchronization is not a recommendable technique for model validation. A short historical preamble evokes Jack Hudson’s early career in interaction with Otto E. Rössler.

C. Letellier, I. Sendina-Nadal & L. A. Aguirre

A nonlinear graph-based theory for dynamical network observabilityPhysical Review E,98, 020303(R), 2018. Online

Abstract

A faithful description of the state of a complex dynamical network would require, in principle, the measurement of all itsdvariables, an infeasible task for high dimensional systems due to practical limitations. However the network dynamics might be observable from a reduced set of measured variables but how to reliably identify the minimum set of variables providing full observability still remains an unsolved problem. In order to tackle this issue from the Jacobian matrix of the governing equations, we construct apruned fluence graphin which the nodes are the state variables and the links representonly the lineardynamical interdependences after having ignored the nonlinear ones. From this graph, we identify the largest connected subgraphs with no outgoing links in which every node can be reached from any other node in the subgraph. In each one of them, at least one node must be measured to correctly monitor the state of the system in ad-dimensional reconstructed space. Our procedure is here tested by investigating large-dimensional reaction networks. Our results are validated by comparing them with the determinant of the observability matrix which provides a rigorous assessment of the system’s observability.

L. A. Aguirre, L. L. Portes & C. Letellier

Structural, Dynamical and Symbolic Observability : From Dynamical Systems to NetworksPLoS ONE,13(10), e0206180, 2018. On line

AbstractClassical definitions of observability classify a system as either being observable or not. Observability has been recognized as an important feature to study complex networks, and as for dynamical systems the focus has been on determining conditions for a network to be observable. About twenty years ago continuous measures of observability for nonlinear dynamical systems started to be used. In this paper various aspects of observability that are established for dynamical systems will be investigated in the context of networks. In particular it will be discussed in which ways simple networks can be ranked in terms of observability using continuous measures of such a property. Also it is pointed out that the analysis of the network topology is typically not sufficient for observability purposes, since both the dynamics and the coupling of such nodes play a vital role. Some of the main ideas are illustrated by means of numerical simulations.

C. Draghi, F. Denis, A. Tolédano & C. Letellier

Parameter identification of a model for prostate cancer treated by intermittent therapy,Journal of Theoretical Biology,461, 117-132, 2019. Online 5 October 2018

Abstract

Adenocarcinoma is the most frequent cancer affecting the prostate walnut-size gland in the male reproductive system. Such cancer may have a very slow progression or may be associated with a “dark prognosis” when tumor cells are spreading very quickly. Prostate cancers have the particular properties to be marked by the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in blood which allows to follow its evolution. At least in its first phase, prostate adenocarcinoma is most often hormone-dependent and, consequently, hormone therapy is a possible treatment. Since few years, hormone therapy started to be provided intermittently for improving patient’s quality of life. Today, durations of on- and off-treatment periods are still chosen empirically, most likely explaining why there is no clear benefit from the survival point of view. We therefore developed a model for describing the interaction between the tumor environment, the PSA produced by hormone-dependent and hormone-independent tumor cells, respectively, and the level of androgens. Model parameters were identified using a genetic algorithm applied to the PSA time series measured in a few patients who initially received prostatectomy and were then treated by intermittent hormone therapy (LHRH analogs and anti-androgen). The measured PSA time series is quite correctly reproduced by free runs over the whole follow-up. Model parameter values allow for distinguishing different types of patient (age and Gleason score) meaning that the model can be individualized. We thus showed that the long-term evolution of the cancer can be affected by durations of on- and off-treatment periods.