Simulating the Course of Chronic Diseases: Screening and Therapeutic Problems

  • P. Tautu
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Part of the Medizinische Informatik und Statistik book series (MEDINFO, volume 8)


It is already claimed (4) that there is a considerable difference — among many other differences — between university courses in mathematics and research work in applied mathematics, say mathematical biology. In universities students are given equation and coefficients for these equations and asked to produce numerical values for the solutions. In research work happens just the reverse. We obtain from experiments what we think to be the numerical values for the solutions of unknown equations and our principal task is to deduce the form of equations actually governing the investigated phenomenon. In order to achieve this task we often must conjecture about the explicit forms of some fundamental relationships and, in addition, must surmise the basic variables. Sometimes many relationships must rapidly be tested or adjusted in concordance with the empirical data and in such situation the mathematician needs a computer.


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