Pairwise Maximum Entropy Models for Studying Large Biological Systems: When They Can Work and When They Can't

  title={Pairwise Maximum Entropy Models for Studying Large Biological Systems: When They Can Work and When They Can't},
  author={Yasser Roudi and Sheila Nirenberg and Peter E. Latham},
  journal={PLoS Computational Biology},
One of the most critical problems we face in the study of biological systems is building accurate statistical descriptions of them. This problem has been particularly challenging because biological systems typically contain large numbers of interacting elements, which precludes the use of standard brute force approaches. Recently, though, several groups have reported that there may be an alternate strategy. The reports show that reliable statistical models can be built without knowledge of all… 

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