Interpretive Summary: ASAS-NANP symposium: Mathematical Modeling in Animal Nutrition: The power of identifiability analysis for dynamic modeling in animal science:a practitioner approach
By: Rafael Muñoz-Tamayo, Luis O Tedeschi
When modeling biological systems, one major step of the modeling exercise is connecting the theory (the model) with the reality (the data). Such a connection passes through the resolution of the parameter identification (model calibration) problem, which aims at finding a set of parameters that best fits the variables predicted by the model to the data. Traditionally, the parameter identification step is often addressed like a downstream process (after data collection). Using this traditional approach, the modeler has minimal room for maneuvering to improve the model’s accuracy. This paper discusses the benefits of adopting an upstream approach (before data collection) during the model construction phase. This approach capitalizes on the identifiability analysis, a powerful tool seldom applied in dynamic models of the animal science domain, likely because of the lack of awareness or the specialized mathematical technicalities involved in the identifiability analysis. In this paper, we illustrate that the modeling community in animal science can easily integrate identifiability analysis in their model developments following a practitioner approach taking advantage of a variety of freely available software tools dedicated to identifiability testing.
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