Giuseppina Albano

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A stochastic model of solid tumor growth based on deterministic Gompertz law is presented. Tumor cells evolution is described by a one-dimensional diffusion process limited by two absorbing boundaries representing healing threshold and patient death (carrying capacity), respectively. Via a numerical approach the first exit time problem is analysed for the(More)
The present work deals with a Gompertz-type diffusion process, which includes in the drift term a time-dependent function C(t) representing the effect of a therapy able to modify the dynamics of the underlying process. However, in experimental studies is not immediate to deduce the functional form of C(t) from a treatment protocol. So a statistical approach(More)
An instantaneous return process in the presence of random refractoriness for Wiener model of single neuron activity is considered. The case of exponential distributed refractoriness is analyzed and expressions for output distributions and interspike intervals density are obtained in closed form. A computational study is performed to elucidate the role(More)
We consider a diffusion model based on a generalized Gompertz deterministic growth in which carrying capacity depends on the initial size of the population. The drift of the resulting process is then modified by introducing a time-dependent function, called "therapy", in order to model the effect of an exogenous factor. The transition probability density(More)
A Gompertz-type diffusion process characterized by the presence of exogenous factors in the drift term is considered. Such a process is able to describe the dynamics of populations in which both the intrinsic rates are modified by means of time-dependent terms. In order to quantify the effect of such terms the evaluation of the relative entropy is made. The(More)
A modified Gompertz diffusion process is considered to model tumor dynamics. The infinitesimal mean of this process includes non-homogeneous terms describing the effect of therapy treatments able to modify the natural growth rate of the process. Specifically, therapies with an effect on cell growth and/or cell death are assumed to modify the birth and death(More)