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RE: Modeling Growth Hormone Pulsatility

From: Jian Xu <alanub>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 21:17:52 -0700 (PDT)

Hi, Jurgen,

Thanks for your reply and this reference.

Fourier analysis is powerful but for non-stationary and non-linear data the basic assumptions of Fourier analysis are no longer valid. Therefore, I am looking for a method to describe both baseline circadian and pulsatility. Any further suggestions are appreciated.


Jurgen Bulitta <jbulitta

A Fourier series with maybe 2-6 SIN and COS functions (and a baseline) should be able to describe multiple peaks. I do not know the shape of the pulses in your systems. Fourier series are very powerful to re-capture periodic functions empirically. If you estimate the coefficients of the SIN and COS functions as fixed effects, you should be fine in terms of overparameterization.

One nice feature of the individual functions in a Fourier series is that these functions are orthogonal towards each other. Therefore, I would expect that the coefficients of the SIN and COS functions do not change (much), if you use 2, 4, or 6, etc. SIN/COS terms.

One reference with an application:
Krzyzanski W, Chakraborty A, Jusko WJ; Algorithm for application of Fourier analysis for biorhythmic baselines of pharmacodynamic indirect response models. Chronobiol Int; 2000; 17 77-93

Best regards

Juergen Bulitta, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow
Pharmacometrics, University at Buffalo, NY, USA
Phone: +1 716 645 2855 ext. 281, j

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