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Systems 2017, 5(1), 11; doi:10.3390/systems5010011

Reaction Networks as a Language for Systemic Modeling: Fundamentals and Examples

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Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, Brussels Free University, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Insituto de Filosofía y Ciencias de la Complejidad, Los Alerces 3024, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile
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Universidad Diego Portales, Vicerrectoría Académica, Manuel Rodríguez Sur 415, Santiago, Chile
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Academic Editors: Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa and Ignazio Licata
Received: 4 November 2016 / Revised: 17 January 2017 / Accepted: 18 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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Abstract

The basic processes that bring about living systems are conventionally represented in the framework of chemical reaction networks. Recently, it has been proposed that this framework can be exploited for studying various other phenomena. Reaction networks are specially suited for representing situations where different types of entities interact in contextual ways leading to the emergence of meta-structures. At an abstract level, a reaction network represents a universe whose evolution corresponds to the transformation of collections of entities into other collections of entities. Hence, we propose that systems correspond to the sub-networks that are stable enough to be observed. In this article, we discuss how to use reaction networks for representing systems. Namely, we introduce the different representational levels available (relational, stoichiometric, and kinetic), we show how to identify observable systems in the reaction network, discuss some relevant systemic notions such as context, emergence, and meta-system, and present some examples. View Full-Text
Keywords: Reaction Networks; System Theory; Chemical Organization Theory; emergence; context; meta-structure Reaction Networks; System Theory; Chemical Organization Theory; emergence; context; meta-structure
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Veloz, T.; Razeto-Barry, P. Reaction Networks as a Language for Systemic Modeling: Fundamentals and Examples. Systems 2017, 5, 11.

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