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Methodology for Constructing Problem Definitions in Bioinformatics

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Author(s): Amy M. Hauth | Gertraud Burger

Journal: Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
ISSN 1177-9322

Volume: 2;
Start page: 245;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: problem formulation | tool development | guidelines

ABSTRACT
Motivation: A recurrent criticism is that certain bioinformatics tools do not account for crucial biology and therefore fail answering the targeted biological question. We posit that the single most important reason for such shortcomings is an inaccurate formulation of the computational problem. Results: Our paper describes how to define a bioinformatics problem so that it captures both the underlying biology and the computational constraints for a particular problem. The proposed model delineates comprehensively the biological problem and conducts an item-by-item bioinformatics transformation resulting in a germane computational problem. This methodology not only facilitates interdisciplinary information flow but also accommodates emerging knowledge and technologies.
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