Handling of computational in vitro/in vivo correlation problems by Microsoft Excel: III. Convolution and deconvolution

Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2003 Nov;56(3):429-37. doi: 10.1016/s0939-6411(03)00140-1.


Convolution and deconvolution are the classical in-vitro-in-vivo correlation tools to describe the relationship between input and weighting/response in a linear system, where input represents the drug release in vitro, weighting/response any body response in vivo. While functional treatment, e.g. in terms of polyexponential or Weibull distribution, is more appropriate for general survey or prediction, numerical algorithms are useful for treating actual experimental data. Deconvolution is not considered an algorithm by its own, but the inversion of a corresponding convolution. MS Excel is shown to be a useful tool for all these applications.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Mathematical Computing*
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Software*