Robust moment closure method for the chemical master equation
Author(s)Naghnaeian, Mohammad; Del Vecchio, Domitilla
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The Chemical Master Equation (CME) is used to stochastically model biochemical reaction networks, under the Markovian assumption. The low-order statistical moments induced by the CME are often the key quantities that one is interested in. However, in most cases, the moments equation is not closed; in the sense that the first n moments depend on the higher order moments, for any positive integer n. In this paper, we develop a moment closure technique in which the higher order moments are approximated by an affine function of the lower order moments. We refer to such functions as the affine Moment Closure Functions (MCF) and prove that they are optimal in the worst-case context, in which no a priori information on the probability distribution is available. Furthermore, we cast the problem of finding the optimal affine MCF as a linear program, which is tractable. We utilize the affine MCFs to derive a finite dimensional linear system that approximates the low-order moments. We quantify the approximation error in terms of the induced norm of some linear system. Our results can be effectively used to approximate the low-order moments and characterize the noise properties of the biochemical network under study.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
2017 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Naghnaeian, Mohammad, and Domitilla Del Vecchio. “Robust Moment Closure Method for the Chemical Master Equation.” 2017 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA) (August 2017), Mauna Lani, HI, USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017.