Combining causal Bayes nets and cellular automata: A hybrid modelling approach to mechanisms

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Alexander Gebharter
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Daniel Koch
King's College London
Abstract
Causal Bayes nets (CBNs) can be used to model causal relationships up to whole mechanisms. Though modelling mechanisms with CBNs comes with many advantages, CBNs might fail to adequately represent some biological mechanisms because—as Kaiser (2016) pointed out—they have problems with capturing relevant spatial and structural information. In this paper we propose a hybrid approach for modelling mechanisms that combines CBNs and cellular automata. Our approach can incorporate spatial and structural information while, at the same time, it comes with all the merits of a CBN representation of mechanisms.
Keywords philosophy of science  philosophy of biology  systems biology  causation  modeling  simulation  cellular automata  Bayesian networks  mechanisms
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