Comment on "correlated noise in a logistic growth model"

Anita Behera, Sheelagh O'Rourke

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We argue the results published by Bao-Quan Ai et al [Phys. Rev E 67, 022903 (2003)] on "correlated noise in a logistic growth model " are not correct. Their conclusion that for larger values of the correlation parameter, lambda, the cell population is peaked at x=0, which denotes the high extinction rate is also incorrect. We find the reverse behaviour corresponding to their results, that increasing lambda, promotes the stable growth of tumour cells. In particular, their results for steady-state probability, as a function of cell number, at different correlation strengths, presented in figures 1 and 2 show different behaviour than one would expect from the simple mathematical expression for the steady-state probability. Additionally, their interpretation at small values of cell number that the steady state probability increases as they increase the correlation parameter is also questionable. Another striking feature in their figures (1 and 3) is that for the same values of the parameter lambda and alpha, their simulation produces two different curves both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)013901
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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