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A Scaling Approach to Stochastic Chemical Reaction Networks


We investigate the asymptotic properties of Markov processes associated to stochastic chemical reaction networks (CRNs) driven by the kinetics of the law of mass action. Their transition rates exhibit a polynomial dependence on the state variable, with possible discontinuities of the dynamics along the boundary of the state space. As a natural choice to study stability properties of CRNs, the scaling parameter considered in this paper is the norm of the initial state. Compared to existing scalings of the literature, this scaling does not change neither the topology of a CRN, nor its reactions constants. Functional limit theorems with this scaling parameter can be used to prove positive recurrence of the Markov process. This scaling approach also gives interesting insights on the transient behavior of these networks, to describe how multiple time scales drive the time evolution of their sample paths for example. General stability criteria are presented as well as a possible framework for scaling analyses. Several simple examples of CRNs are investigated with this approach. A detailed stability and scaling analyses of a CRN with slow and fast timescales is worked out.

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hal-04227762 , version 1 (04-10-2023)




Lucie Laurence, Philippe Robert. A Scaling Approach to Stochastic Chemical Reaction Networks. 2023. ⟨hal-04227762⟩
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