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Numerical evaluation of observed sojourn time distributions for a single ion channel incorporating time interval omission

Ball, F.G. and Yeo, G.F. (1994) Numerical evaluation of observed sojourn time distributions for a single ion channel incorporating time interval omission. Statistics and Computing, 4 (1). pp. 1-12.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00143919
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Abstract

The dynamical aspects of single ion channel gating can be modelled by a semi-Markov process. There is aggregation of states, corresponding to the receptor channel being open or closed, and there is time interval omission, brief sojourns in either the open or closed classes of states not being detected. This paper is concerned with the computation of the probability density functions of observed open (closed) sojourn-times incorporating time interval omission. A system of Volterra integral equations is derived, whose solution governs the required density function. Numerical procedures, using iterative and multistep methods, are described for solving these equations. Examples are given, and in the special case of Markov models results are compared with those obtained by alternative methods. Probabilistic interpretations are given for the iterative methods, which also give lower bounds for the solutions.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: © 1994 Chapman & Hall.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35772
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