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This article is part of the supplement: Selected articles from the 10th International Workshop on Computational Systems Biology (WCSB) 2013: Bioinformatics

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Computing preimages of Boolean networks

Johannes Georg Klotz*, Martin Bossert and Steffen Schober

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Institute of Communications Engineering, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 43, 89081 Ulm, Germany

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BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14(Suppl 10):S4  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-S10-S4

Published: 12 August 2013


In this paper we present an algorithm based on the sum-product algorithm that finds elements in the preimage of a feed-forward Boolean networks given an output of the network. Our probabilistic method runs in linear time with respect to the number of nodes in the network. We evaluate our algorithm for randomly constructed Boolean networks and a regulatory network of Escherichia coli and found that it gives a valid solution in most cases.