Generalized method of moments for estimating parameters of stochastic reaction networks

Alexander Lück, Verena Wolf
2016 BMC Systems Biology  
Discrete-state stochastic models have become a well-established approach to describe biochemical reaction networks that are influenced by the inherent randomness of cellular events. In the last years severalmethods for accurately approximating the statistical moments of such models have become very popular since they allow an efficient analysis of complex networks. We propose a generalized method of moments approach for inferring the parameters of reaction networks based on a sophisticated
more » ... ing of the statistical moments of the corresponding stochastic model and the sample moments of population snapshot data. The proposed parameter estimation method exploits recently developed moment-based approximations and provides estimators with desirable statistical properties when a large number of samples is available. We demonstrate the usefulness and efficiency of the inference method on two case studies. The generalized method of moments provides accurate and fast estimations of unknown parameters of reaction networks. The accuracy increases when also moments of order higher than two are considered. In addition, the variance of the estimator decreases, when more samples are given or when higher order moments are included.
doi:10.1186/s12918-016-0342-8 pmid:27769280 pmcid:PMC5073941 fatcat:uismfqeyxjfntdlop4tb73l6fi