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The situation that you presented in which an entity A inhibits the production of another entity B which in turn inhibits A, is a positive feedback. In a network path or a loop the overall sign of the loop/path is the product of the signs of individual edges (interactions). In this case it is negative times negative which gives a positive sign to the loop. ...


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There is no standard notation called Q (matrix). However in this case I think the matrix that they are referring to is the state transition matrix (similar to the adjacency matrix as mentioned by Justas in the comments, but with rates instead of just the connections). Basically you have three states (lets call them A, B and C) and there is a rate for ...


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I know of an example in development biology. Here is an example where noise in retinoic acid gradients is required for the boundaries in the developing hindbrain to sharpen. A related result is that the zebrafish hindbrain has a protein to modulate noise, but does not reduce the noise to zero. Together these results show that noise in the retinoic acid ...



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