Data-Inference vs Predictive-Modeling

Data Inference vs Predictive Models

Quantitative methods in science can be categorized via their typical place within the scientific method as (1) Inferential which is focused primarily on data analysis and (2) Predictive which is focused on formulating mechanistic hypotheses through modeling. In the figure above we summarize some of the most common methods that fall within each of these categories.

So far, we have only produced resources on statistical tests, principal component analysis and deterministic modeling but we will soon be “filling in the gaps” on other topics such as those listed above.


  1. Szallasi, Z.; Stelling J.; Periwal, V. System Modeling in Cellular Biology: From Concepts to Nuts and Bolts, 2006, The MIT Press
  2. Wolkenhauer, O. Frontiers in Physiology, 2014, 5, 1-5


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