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Diletta Burini, Silvana De Lillo
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August 2, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
Chunshan Xu, Junying Liang, Haitao Liu
We provide responses to the commentaries in this volume to evaluate, clarify and extend some of the arguments in Dependency distance: A new perspective on syntactic patterns in natural languages. Evidences show that DDM (dependency distance minimization) is an important linguistic universal, biologically or cognitively motivated, in shaping the language system. As a general tendency, DDM works quite well in theoretical argumentations as well as practical applications. However, this does not mean that DDM is the only linguistic universal that works: it is highly possible that other factors, which might be biologically, physically, socially or culturally motivated, work as well to jointly mold languages...
July 19, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
M Dolfin, L Leonida, N Outada
The complex interactions between human behaviors and social economic sciences is critically analyzed in this paper in view of possible applications of mathematical modeling as an attainable interdisciplinary approach to understand and simulate the aforementioned dynamics. The quest is developed along three steps: Firstly an overall analysis of social and economic sciences indicates the main requirements that a contribution of mathematical modeling should bring to these sciences; subsequently the focus moves to an overview of mathematical tools and to the selection of those which appear, according to the authors bias, appropriate to the modeling; finally, a survey of applications is presented looking ahead to research perspectives...
June 29, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
Alexei V Finkelstein
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June 29, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
Arturo Tozzi, James F Peters, Andrew A Fingelkurts, Alexander A Fingelkurts, Pedro C Marijuán
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June 28, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
Richard Futrell, Roger Levy, Edward Gibson
With the support of the comprehensive review in Liu et al. [14], we consider dependency distance minimization to be firmly established as a quantitative property of syntactic trees. In this comment, we consider future empirical and theoretical directions for this concept, including a recent information-theoretic reinterpretation of dependency locality effects as proposed by Futrell and Levy [4].
June 23, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
Bo Cheng, Min Lin, Guoyou Huang, Yuhui Li, Baohua Ji, Guy M Genin, Vikram S Deshpande, Tian Jian Lu, Feng Xu
Cells in vivo reside within complex microenvironments composed of both biochemical and biophysical cues. The dynamic feedback between cells and their microenvironments hinges upon biophysical cues that regulate critical cellular behaviors. Understanding this regulation from sensing to reaction to feedback is therefore critical, and a large effort is afoot to identify and mathematically model the fundamental mechanobiological mechanisms underlying this regulation. This review provides a critical perspective on recent progress in mathematical models for the responses of cells to the biophysical cues in their microenvironments, including dynamic strain, osmotic shock, fluid shear stress, mechanical force, matrix rigidity, porosity, and matrix shape...
June 21, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
R Ferrer-I-Cancho
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June 21, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
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