Modeling Life

The Mathematics of Biological Systems

Author: Alan Garfinkel,Jane Shevtsov,Yina Guo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319597310

Category: Mathematics

Page: 445

View: 7921

This book develops the mathematical tools essential for students in the life sciences to describe interacting systems and predict their behavior. From predator-prey populations in an ecosystem, to hormone regulation within the body, the natural world abounds in dynamical systems that affect us profoundly. Complex feedback relations and counter-intuitive responses are common in nature; this book develops the quantitative skills needed to explore these interactions. Differential equations are the natural mathematical tool for quantifying change, and are the driving force throughout this book. The use of Euler’s method makes nonlinear examples tractable and accessible to a broad spectrum of early-stage undergraduates, thus providing a practical alternative to the procedural approach of a traditional Calculus curriculum. Tools are developed within numerous, relevant examples, with an emphasis on the construction, evaluation, and interpretation of mathematical models throughout. Encountering these concepts in context, students learn not only quantitative techniques, but how to bridge between biological and mathematical ways of thinking. Examples range broadly, exploring the dynamics of neurons and the immune system, through to population dynamics and the Google PageRank algorithm. Each scenario relies only on an interest in the natural world; no biological expertise is assumed of student or instructor. Building on a single prerequisite of Precalculus, the book suits a two-quarter sequence for first or second year undergraduates, and meets the mathematical requirements of medical school entry. The later material provides opportunities for more advanced students in both mathematics and life sciences to revisit theoretical knowledge in a rich, real-world framework. In all cases, the focus is clear: how does the math help us understand the science?

Modeling Life

Art Models Speak about Nudity, Sexuality, and the Creative Process

Author: Sarah R. Phillips

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079148100X

Category: Art

Page: 157

View: 1024

A fascinating consideration of the work of life models and the models’ own perspectives on their craft.

Model Life

The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior

Author: Isobella Jade

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593762550

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 112

View: 9882

In a graphic-novel format, a model relates her glamorous and not-so-glamorous experiences in New York City, from her dangerous forays into shady apartment "studios" via Craigslist to her being fed up with sleazy fake photographers and her ultimate triumph in getting an agent and appearances in national ad campaigns.

The Modeling Life

The One (and Only) Book that Gives You the Inside Story of what the Business is Like and how You Can Make it

Author: Donna Rubinstein,Jennifer Kingson Bloom

Publisher: Perigee

ISBN: 9780399524097

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 314

View: 4801

A guide for aspiring models discusses how the industry works, finding an agent, and maintaining a balanced life

Modeling Life

The Dynamic Relationship Between Elder Modelers and Their Proteges

Author: Eleanor Krassen-Maxwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Age and intelligence

Page: 482

View: 991


Dimensional Modeling: In a Business Intelligence Environment

Author: Chuck Ballard,Daniel M. Farrell,Amit Gupta,Carlos Mazuela,Stanislav Vohnik,IBM Redbooks

Publisher: IBM Redbooks

ISBN: 0738496448

Category: Computers

Page: 664

View: 6535

In this IBM Redbooks publication we describe and demonstrate dimensional data modeling techniques and technology, specifically focused on business intelligence and data warehousing. It is to help the reader understand how to design, maintain, and use a dimensional model for data warehousing that can provide the data access and performance required for business intelligence. Business intelligence is comprised of a data warehousing infrastructure, and a query, analysis, and reporting environment. Here we focus on the data warehousing infrastructure. But only a specific element of it, the data model - which we consider the base building block of the data warehouse. Or, more precisely, the topic of data modeling and its impact on the business and business applications. The objective is not to provide a treatise on dimensional modeling techniques, but to focus at a more practical level. There is technical content for designing and maintaining such an environment, but also business content. For example, we use case studies to demonstrate how dimensional modeling can impact the business intelligence requirements for your business initiatives. In addition, we provide a detailed discussion on the query aspects of BI and data modeling. For example, we discuss query optimization and how you can determine performance of the data model prior to implementation. You need a solid base for your data warehousing infrastructure . . . . a solid data model.

Visualization and Optimization

Author: Christopher V. Jones

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792396727

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 434

View: 8947

This book examines ongoing research and practice in using visualization to represent optimization models, explore optimum solutions, and summarize the results of the optimization effort. As research in optimization develops more powerful algorithms capable of analyzing ever more complicated problems, an increasing number of excellent books have been written to explain how to construct optimization models and how to build algorithms to analyze these models. However, solving problems using optimization techniques involves more than just developing newer, faster algorithms. Building, debugging, validating and understanding models and algorithms requires appropriate representations. This book describes how scientific visualization can enhance the representations needed for optimization. Although books on visualization exist, none of them have specifically addressed how visualization can contribute to optimization practice and research. In this book, relevant techniques of computer graphics, virtual reality, sonification, among others, are examined and specifically targeted to optimization. Moreover, applications of optimization to visualization are also explored.

The Handbook of Financial Modeling

A Practical Approach to Creating and Implementing Valuation Projection Models

Author: Jack Avon

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430262060

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 504

View: 5331

The ability to create and understand financial models that assess the valuation of a company, the projects it undertakes, and its future earnings/profit projections is one of the most valued skills in corporate finance. However, while many business professionals are familiar with financial statements and accounting reports, few are truly proficient at building an accurate and effective financial model from the ground up. That's why, in The Financial Modeling Handbook, Jack Avon equips financial professionals with all the tools they need to precisely and effectively monitor a company's assets and project its future performance. Based on the author's extensive experience building models in business and finance—and teaching others to do the same—The Handbook of Financial Modeling takes readers step by step through the financial modeling process, starting with a general overview of the history and evolution of financial modeling. It then moves on to more technical topics, such as the principles of financial modeling and the proper way to approach a financial modeling assignment, before covering key application areas for modeling in Microsoft Excel. Designed for intermediate and advanced modelers who wish to expand and enhance their knowledge, The Handbook of Financial Modeling also covers: The accounting and finance concepts that underpin working financial models; How to approach financial issues and solutions from a modeler's perspective; The importance of thinking about end users when developing a financial model; How to plan, design, and build a fully functional financial model; And more. A nuts-to-bolts guide to solving common financial problems with spreadsheets, The Handbook of Financial Modeling is a one-stop resource for anyone who needs to build or analyze financial models.

Modeling and Simulation in Medicine and the Life Sciences

Author: Frank C. Hoppensteadt,Charles S. Peskin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387215719

Category: Mathematics

Page: 355

View: 3333

The result of lectures given by the authors at New York University, the University of Utah, and Michigan State University, the material is written for students who have had only one term of calculus, but it contains material that can be used in modeling courses in applied mathematics at all levels through early graduate courses. Numerous exercises are given as well as solutions to selected exercises, so as to lead readers to discover interesting extensions of that material. Throughout, illustrations depict physiological processes, population biology phenomena, corresponding models, and the results of computer simulations. Topics covered range from population phenomena to demographics, genetics, epidemics and dispersal; in physiological processes, including the circulation, gas exchange in the lungs, control of cell volume, the renal counter-current multiplier mechanism, and muscle mechanics; to mechanisms of neural control. Each chapter is graded in difficulty, so a reading of the first parts of each provides an elementary introduction to the processes and their models.

Modeling and Simulation Based Life-Cycle Engineering

Author: Ken Chong,Harold S. Morgan,Sunil Saigal,Stefan Thynell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780415266444

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

View: 7808

Advances in computational power have facilitated the development of simulations unprecedented in their computational size, scope of technical issues, spatial and temporal resolution, complexity and comprehensiveness. As a result, complex structures from airplanes to bridges can be almost completely based on model-based simulations. This book gives a state-of-the-art account of modeling and simulation of the life cycle of engineered systems, covering topics of design, fabrication, maintenance and disposal. Providing comprehensive coverage of this rapidly emerging field, Modeling and Simulation-Based Life Cycle Engineering is essential reading for civil, mechanical and manufacturing engineers. It will also appeal to students and academics in this area.

Models for Life

An Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Microsoft Office Excel

Author: Jeffrey T. Barton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119039819

Category: Mathematics

Page: 488

View: 5696

Features an authentic and engaging approach to mathematical modeling driven by real-world applications With a focus on mathematical models based on real and current data, Models for Life: An Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Microsoft® Office Excel® guides readers in the solution of relevant, practical problems by introducing both mathematical and Excel techniques. The book begins with a step-by-step introduction to discrete dynamical systems, which are mathematical models that describe how a quantity changes from one point in time to the next. Readers are taken through the process, language, and notation required for the construction of such models as well as their implementation in Excel. The book examines single-compartment models in contexts such as population growth, personal finance, and body weight and provides an introduction to more advanced, multi-compartment models via applications in many areas, including military combat, infectious disease epidemics, and ranking methods. Models for Life: An Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Microsoft® Office Excel® also features: A modular organization that, after the first chapter, allows readers to explore chapters in any order Numerous practical examples and exercises that enable readers to personalize the presented models by using their own data Carefully selected real-world applications that motivate the mathematical material such as predicting blood alcohol concentration, ranking sports teams, and tracking credit card debt References throughout the book to disciplinary research on which the presented models and model parameters are based in order to provide authenticity and resources for further study Relevant Excel concepts with step-by-step guidance, including screenshots to help readers better understand the presented material Both mathematical and graphical techniques for understanding concepts such as equilibrium values, fixed points, disease endemicity, maximum sustainable yield, and a drug’s therapeutic window A companion website that includes the referenced Excel spreadsheets, select solutions to homework problems, and an instructor’s manual with solutions to all homework problems, project ideas, and a test bank The book is ideal for undergraduate non-mathematics majors enrolled in mathematics or quantitative reasoning courses such as introductory mathematical modeling, applications of mathematics, survey of mathematics, discrete mathematical modeling, and mathematics for liberal arts. The book is also an appropriate supplement and project source for honors and/or independent study courses in mathematical modeling and mathematical biology. Jeffrey T. Barton, PhD, is Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at Birmingham-Southern College. A member of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, his mathematical interests include approximation theory, analytic number theory, mathematical biology, mathematical modeling, and the history of mathematics.

Artificial Life Models in Software

Author: Andrew Adamatzky,Maciej Komosinski

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1846282144

Category: Computers

Page: 344

View: 8836

An informal introduction and guidance to modern software tools for modeling and simulation of life-like phenomena, this book offers detailed reviews of contemporary software for artificial life for both professionals and amateurs.

Mathematical Modeling of Collective Behavior in Socio-Economic and Life Sciences

Author: Giovanni Naldi,Lorenzo Pareschi,Giuseppe Toscani

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0817649468

Category: Mathematics

Page: 438

View: 8519

Using examples from finance and modern warfare to the flocking of birds and the swarming of bacteria, the collected research in this volume demonstrates the common methodological approaches and tools for modeling and simulating collective behavior. The topics presented point toward new and challenging frontiers of applied mathematics, making the volume a useful reference text for applied mathematicians, physicists, biologists, and economists involved in the modeling of socio-economic systems.

Stochastische Modelle in der Lebensversicherung

Author: Michael Koller

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 366210069X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 190

View: 3417

Im vorliegenden Buch werden neue Erkenntnisse der Lebensversicherungsmathematik aus dem Gebiet der Markovmodelle und der stochastischen Zinsen behandelt. Besonderes Gewicht wird auf die Anwendbarkeit der Modelle in der Praxis gelegt, so daß die Aussagen direkt angewendet werden können. Die dargestellten Modelle sind in besonderer Weise geeignet, eine schnelle Tarifierung neuer Lebensversicherungsprodukte zu ermöglichen. Gleichzeitig geben diese Modelle einen tieferen Einblick in das Wesen der Lebensversicherungsmathematik. Der besondere Nutzen dieses Buches liegt einerseits in der parallelen Behandlung der Theorie in stetiger und in diskreter Zeit. Zusätzlich wird das für die Behandlung der Theorie nötige Vorwissen im Buch dargestellt. Durch die vielen Beispiele können die entsprechenden Aussagen direkt in die Praxis umgesetzt werden.

Dermatological Diseases and Cumulative Life Course Impairment

Author: A.B. Kimball,M.D. Linder

Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers

ISBN: 331802404X

Category: Psychology

Page: 170

View: 6626

This publication presents currently available evidence about the extent to which dermatological diseases may, through their own nature as well as a multitude of comorbidities and their important interactions with social life, impair the life course of patients. Divided into four parts, the book starts with a brilliant introduction that highlights the importance of a life course approach in medicine from a medical as well as from a psychosocial point of view. The second part provides a basic presentation of the theoretical aspects of life course research and, more specifically, to the concepts of allostatic load and cumulative life course impairment (CLCI). The third part examines concepts related to CLCI, such as the ‘quality of life in dermatology’ or the ‘major life changing decisions’ influenced by dermatological diseases. The book concludes with an in-depth investigation of specific diseases where the concept of CLCI strikes as particularly relevant. The new and innovative evidence presented in this publication makes it essential reading to anyone who has to take social implications of skin diseases into account in their decision making: dermatologists, allergologists, pediatricians and general practitioners as well as researchers in medical sociology or opinion leaders in public health.

Models of My Life

Author: Herbert A. Simon

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026269185X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 415

View: 483

In this candid and witty autobiography, Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon looks at his distinguished and varied career, continually asking himself whether (and how) what he learned as a scientist helps to explain other aspects of his life.A brilliant polymath in an age of increasing specialization, Simon is one of those rare scholars whose work defines fields of inquiry. Crossing disciplinary lines in half a dozen fields, Simon's story encompasses an explosion in the information sciences, the transformation of psychology by the information-processing paradigm, and the use of computer simulation for modeling the behavior of highly complex systems.Simon's theory of bounded rationality led to a Nobel Prize in economics, and his work on building machines that think -- based on the notion that human intelligence is the rule-governed manipulation of symbols -- laid conceptual foundations for the new cognitive science. Subsequently, contrasting metaphors of the maze (Simon's view) and of the mind (neural nets) have dominated the artificial intelligence debate.There is also a warm account of his successful marriage and of an unconsummated love affair, letters to his children, columns, a short story, and political and personal intrigue in academe.