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The validity of the Friedman method is assessed for systems of overlapping reactions. By means of mathematical analysis and numerical examples it is shown that, in the case of competitive reactions, the method gives the true value of the instantaneous mean activation energy. However, some error may be incurred if this method is applied to systems of independent reactions. The relative accuracy of the Friedman and Ozawa-Flynn-Wall methods is discussed in respect of complex systems of reactions.