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Perform nonlinear leastsquares regression
Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox™, Optimization Toolbox™, and Global Optimization Toolbox are recommended for this function.
fitResults = sbiofit(sm,grpData,responseMap,estiminfo)
fitResults = sbiofit(sm,grpData,responseMap,estiminfo,dosing)
fitResults = sbiofit(sm,grpData,responseMap,estiminfo,dosing,functionName)
fitResults = sbiofit(sm,grpData,responseMap,estiminfo,dosing,functionName,options)
fitResults = sbiofit(sm,grpData,responseMap,estiminfo,dosing,functionName,options,variants)
fitResults = sbiofit(_,Name,Value)
[fitResults,simdata]
= sbiofit(_)
estimates
parameters of a SimBiology model fitResults
= sbiofit(sm
,grpData
,responseMap
,estiminfo
)sm
using nonlinear
leastsquares regression.
grpData
is a groupedData
object
specifying the data to fit. responseMap
is
a character vector or cell array of character vectors that maps model
components to response data in grpData
. estimatedInfo
is
an estimatedInfo object
that
defines the estimated parameters in the model sm
. fitResults
is
a OptimResults object
or NLINResults object
or a vector of these
objects.
sbiofit
uses the first available estimation
function among the following: lsqnonlin
(Optimization Toolbox required), nlinfit
(Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox required),
or fminsearch
.
By default, each group in grpData
is fit
separately, resulting in groupspecific parameter estimates. If the
model contains active doses and variants, they are applied during
the simulation.
uses
the dosing information specified by a matrix of SimBiology dose objects fitResults
= sbiofit(sm
,grpData
,responseMap
,estiminfo
,dosing
)dosing
instead
of using the active doses of the model sm
if
there is any.
uses
the estimation function specified by fitResults
= sbiofit(sm
,grpData
,responseMap
,estiminfo
,dosing
,functionName
)functionName
.
If the specified function is unavailable, a warning is issued and
the first available default function is used.
uses
the additional options specified by fitResults
= sbiofit(sm
,grpData
,responseMap
,estiminfo
,dosing
,functionName
,options
)options
for
the function functionName
.
applies
variant objects specified as fitResults
= sbiofit(sm
,grpData
,responseMap
,estiminfo
,dosing
,functionName
,options
,variants
)variants
instead
of using any active variants of the model.
uses
additional options specified by one or more fitResults
= sbiofit(_,Name,Value
)Name,Value
pair
arguments.
[
also returns a vector of SimData objects fitResults
,simdata
]
= sbiofit(_)simdata
using
any of the input arguments in the previous syntaxes.
Note:

Background
This example shows how to fit an individual's PK profile data to onecompartment model and estimate pharmacokinetic parameters.
Suppose you have drug plasma concentration data from an individual and want to estimate the volume of the central compartment and the clearance. Assume the drug concentration versus the time profile follows the monoexponential decline , where is the drug concentration at time t, is the initial concentration, and is the elimination rate constant that depends on the clearance and volume of the central compartment .
The synthetic data in this example was generated using the following model and parameters:
Onecompartment model with bolus dosing and firstorder elimination
Volume of the central compartment (Central
) = 1.70 liter
Clearance parameter (Cl_Central
) = 0.55 liter/hour
Constant error model
Load Data and Visualize
The data is stored as a table with variables Time
and Conc
that represent the time course of the plasma concentration of an individual after an intravenous bolus administration measured at 13 different time points. The variable units for Time
and Conc
are hour and milligram/liter, respectively.
clear all load(fullfile(matlabroot,'examples','simbio','data15.mat'))
plot(data.Time,data.Conc,'b+') xlabel('Time (hour)'); ylabel('Drug Concentration (milligram/liter)');
Convert to groupedData Format
Convert the data set to a groupedData
object, which is the required data format for the fitting function sbiofit
for later use. A groupedData
object also lets you set independent variable and group variable names (if they exist). Set the units of the Time
and Conc
variables. The units are optional and only required for the UnitConversion
feature, which automatically converts matching physical quantities to one consistent unit system.
gData = groupedData(data); gData.Properties.VariableUnits = {'hour','milligram/liter'}; gData.Properties
groupedData
automatically set the name of the IndependentVariableName
property to the Time
variable of the data.
ans = struct with fields: Description: '' UserData: [] DimensionNames: {'Row' 'Variables'} VariableNames: {'Time' 'Conc'} VariableDescriptions: {} VariableUnits: {'hour' 'milligram/liter'} RowNames: {} GroupVariableName: '' IndependentVariableName: 'Time'
Construct a OneCompartment Model
Use the builtin PK library to construct a onecompartment model with bolus dosing and firstorder elimination where the elimination rate depends on the clearance and volume of the central compartment. Use the configset
object to turn on unit conversion.
pkmd = PKModelDesign; pkc1 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Central'); pkc1.DosingType = 'Bolus'; pkc1.EliminationType = 'linearclearance'; pkc1.HasResponseVariable = true; model = construct(pkmd); configset = getconfigset(model); configset.CompileOptions.UnitConversion = true;
For details on creating compartmental PK models using the SimBiology® builtin library, see Create Pharmacokinetic Models.
Define Dosing
Define a single bolus dose of 10 milligram given at time = 0. For details on setting up different dosing schedules, see Doses.
dose = sbiodose('dose'); dose.TargetName = 'Drug_Central'; dose.StartTime = 0; dose.Amount = 10; dose.AmountUnits = 'milligram'; dose.TimeUnits = 'hour';
Map Response Data to the Corresponding Model Component
The data contains drug concentration data stored in the Conc
variable. This data corresponds to the Drug_Central
species in the model. Therefore, map the data to Drug_Central
as follows.
responseMap = {'Drug_Central = Conc'};
Specify Parameters to Estimate
The parameters to fit in this model are the volume of the central compartment (Central) and the clearance rate (Cl_Central). In this case, specify logtransformation for these biological parameters since they are constrained to be positive. The estimatedInfo
object lets you specify parameter transforms, initial values, and parameter bounds if needed.
paramsToEstimate = {'log(Central)','log(Cl_Central)'}; estimatedParams = estimatedInfo(paramsToEstimate,'InitialValue',[1 1],'Bounds',[1 5;0.5 2]);
Estimate Parameters
Now that you have defined onecompartment model, data to fit, mapped response data, parameters to estimate, and dosing, use sbiofit
to estimate parameters. The default estimation function that sbiofit
uses will change depending on which toolboxes are available. To see which function was used during fitting, check the EstimationFunction
property of the corresponding results object.
fitConst = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose);
Display Estimated Parameters and Plot Results
Notice the parameter estimates were not far off from the true values (1.70 and 0.55) that were used to generate the data. You may also try different error models to see if they could further improve the parameter estimates.
fitConst.ParameterEstimates s.Labels.XLabel = 'Time (hour)'; s.Labels.YLabel = 'Concentration (milligram/liter)'; plot(fitConst,'AxesStyle',s);
ans = 2×4 table Name Estimate StandardError Bounds ____________ ________ _____________ __________ 'Central' 1.6993 0.034821 1 5 'Cl_Central' 0.53358 0.01968 0.5 2
Use Different Error Models
Try three other supported error models (proportional, combination of constant and proportional error models, and exponential).
fitProp = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose,... 'ErrorModel','proportional'); fitExp = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose,... 'ErrorModel','exponential'); fitComb = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose,... 'ErrorModel','combined');
Use Weights Instead of an Error Model
You can specify weights as a numeric matrix, where the number of columns corresponds to the number of responses. Setting all weights to 1 is equivalent to the constant error model.
weightsNumeric = ones(size(gData.Conc));
fitWeightsNumeric = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose,'Weights',weightsNumeric);
Alternatively, you can use a function handle that accepts a vetor of predicted response values and returns a vector of weights. In this example, use a function handle that is equivalent to the proportional error model.
weightsFunction = @(y) 1./y.^2;
fitWeightsFunction = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParams,dose,'Weights',weightsFunction);
Compare Information Criteria for Model Selection
Compare the loglikelihood, AIC, and BIC values of each model to see which eror model best fits the data. A larger likelihood value indicates the corresponding model fits the model better. For AIC and BIC, the smaller values are better.
allResults = [fitConst,fitWeightsNumeric,fitWeightsFunction,fitProp,fitExp,fitComb]; errorModelNames = {'constant error model','equal weights','proportional weights', ... 'proportional error model','exponential error model',... 'combined error model'}; LogLikelihood = [allResults.LogLikelihood]'; AIC = [allResults.AIC]'; BIC = [allResults.BIC]'; t = table(LogLikelihood,AIC,BIC); t.Properties.RowNames = errorModelNames; t
t = 6×3 table LogLikelihood AIC BIC _____________ _______ _______ constant error model 3.9866 3.9732 2.8433 equal weights 3.9866 3.9732 2.8433 proportional weights 3.8472 11.694 12.824 proportional error model 3.8257 11.651 12.781 exponential error model 1.1984 1.6032 2.7331 combined error model 3.9163 3.8326 2.7027
Based on the information criteria, the constant error model (or equal weights) fits the data best since it has the largest loglikelihood value and the smallest AIC and BIC.
Display Estimated Parameter Values
Show the estimated parameter values of each model.
Estimated_Central = zeros(6,1); Estimated_Cl_Central = zeros(6,1); t2 = table(Estimated_Central,Estimated_Cl_Central); t2.Properties.RowNames = errorModelNames; for i = 1:height(t2) t2{i,1} = allResults(i).ParameterEstimates.Estimate(1); t2{i,2} = allResults(i).ParameterEstimates.Estimate(2); end t2
t2 = 6×2 table Estimated_Central Estimated_Cl_Central _________________ ____________________ constant error model 1.6993 0.53358 equal weights 1.6993 0.53358 proportional weights 1.9045 0.51734 proportional error model 1.8777 0.51147 exponential error model 1.7872 0.51701 combined error model 1.7008 0.53271
Conclusion
This example showed how to estimate PK parameters, namely the volume of the central compartment and clearance parameter of an individual, by fitting the PK profile data to onecompartment model. You compared the information criteria of each model and estimated parameter values of different error models to see which model best explained the data. Final fitted results suggested both the constant and combined error models provided the closest estimates to the parameter values used to generate the data. However, the constant error model is a better model as indicated by the loglikelihood, AIC, and BIC information criteria.
This example shows how to estimate pharmacokinetic parameters of multiple individuals using a twocompartment model.
Suppose you have drug plasma concentration data from three individuals
that you want to use to estimate corresponding pharmacokinetic parameters,
namely the volume of central and peripheral compartment (Central
, Peripheral
),
the clearance rate (Cl_Central
), and intercompartmental
clearance (Q12
). Assume the drug concentration
versus the time profile follows the biexponential decline $${C}_{t}=A{e}^{at}+B{e}^{bt}$$, where C_{t} is
the drug concentration at time t, a and b are
slopes for corresponding exponential declines.
The synthetic data set contains drug plasma concentration data measured in both central and peripheral compartments. The data was generated using a twocompartment model with an infusion dose and firstorder elimination. These parameters were used for each individual.
Central  Peripheral  Q12  Cl_Central  

Individual 1  1.90  0.68  0.24  0.57 
Individual 2  2.10  6.05  0.36  0.95 
Individual 3  1.70  4.21  0.46  0.95 
The data is stored as a table with variables ID
, Time
, CentralConc
,
and PeripheralConc
. It represents the time course
of plasma concentrations measured at eight different time points for
both central and peripheral compartments after an infusion dose.
clear all load(fullfile(matlabroot,'examples','simbio','data10_32R.mat'))
Convert the data set to a groupedData
object
which is the required data format for the fitting function sbiofit
for
later use. A groupedData
object also lets you set
independent variable and group variable names (if they exist). Set
the units of the ID
, Time
, CentralConc
,
and PeripheralConc
variables. The units are optional
and only required for the UnitConversion
feature, which automatically converts
matching physical quantities to one consistent unit system.
gData = groupedData(data); gData.Properties.VariableUnits = {'','hour','milligram/liter','milligram/liter'}; gData.Properties
ans = struct with fields: Description: '' UserData: [] DimensionNames: {'Row' 'Variables'} VariableNames: {'ID' 'Time' 'CentralConc' 'PeripheralConc'} VariableDescriptions: {} VariableUnits: {1×4 cell} RowNames: {} GroupVariableName: 'ID' IndependentVariableName: 'Time'
Create a trellis plot that shows the PK profiles of three individuals.
sbiotrellis(gData,'ID','Time',{'CentralConc','PeripheralConc'},... 'Marker','+','LineStyle','none');
Use the builtin PK library to construct a twocompartment model with infusion dosing and firstorder elimination where the elimination rate depends on the clearance and volume of central compartment. Use the configset object to turn on unit conversion.
pkmd = PKModelDesign; pkc1 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Central'); pkc1.DosingType = 'Infusion'; pkc1.EliminationType = 'linearclearance'; pkc1.HasResponseVariable = true; pkc2 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Peripheral'); model = construct(pkmd); configset = getconfigset(model); configset.CompileOptions.UnitConversion = true;
Assume every individual receives an infusion dose at time = 0, with a total infusion amount of 100 mg at a rate of 50 mg/hour. For details on setting up different dosing strategies, see Doses.
dose = sbiodose('dose','TargetName','Drug_Central'); dose.StartTime = 0; dose.Amount = 100; dose.Rate = 50; dose.AmountUnits = 'milligram'; dose.TimeUnits = 'hour'; dose.RateUnits = 'milligram/hour';
The data contains measured plasma concentrations in the
central and peripheral compartments. Map these variables to the appropriate
model species, which are Drug_Central
and Drug_Peripheral
.
responseMap = {'Drug_Central = CentralConc','Drug_Peripheral = PeripheralConc'};
The parameters to estimate in this model are the volumes
of central and peripheral compartments (Central
and Peripheral
),
intercompartmental clearance Q12
, and clearance
rate Cl_Central
. In this case, specify logtransform
for Central
and Peripheral
since
they are constrained to be positive. The estimatedInfo
object
lets you specify parameter transforms, initial values, and parameter
bounds (optional).
paramsToEstimate = {'log(Central)','log(Peripheral)','Q12','Cl_Central'}; estimatedParam = estimatedInfo(paramsToEstimate,'InitialValue',[1 1 1 1]);
Fit the model to all of the data pooled together, that
is, estimate one set of parameters for all individuals. The default
estimation method that sbiofit
uses will change
depending on which toolboxes are available. To see which estimation
function sbiofit
used for the fitting, check
the EstimationFunction
property of the corresponding
results object.
pooledFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose,'Pooled',true)
pooledFit = OptimResults with properties: ExitFlag: 3 Output: [1×1 struct] GroupName: [] Beta: [4×3 table] ParameterEstimates: [4×3 table] J: [24×4×2 double] COVB: [4×4 double] CovarianceMatrix: [4×4 double] R: [24×2 double] MSE: 6.6220 SSE: 291.3688 Weights: [] LogLikelihood: 111.3904 AIC: 230.7808 BIC: 238.2656 DFE: 44 EstimatedParameterNames: {'Central' 'Peripheral' 'Q12' 'Cl_Central'} ErrorModelInfo: [1×3 table] EstimationFunction: 'lsqnonlin'
Plot the fitted results versus the original data. Although three separate plots were generated, the data was fitted using the same set of parameters (that is, all three individuals had the same fitted line).
plot(pooledFit);
Estimate one set of parameters for each individual and see if there is any improvement in the parameter estimates. In this example, since there are three individuals, three sets of parameters are estimated.
unpooledFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose,'Pooled',false);
Plot the fitted results versus the original data. Each individual was fitted differently (that is, each fitted line is unique to each individual) and each line appeared to fit well to individual data.
plot(unpooledFit);
Display the fitted results of the first individual. The MSE was lower than that of the pooled fit. This is also true for the other two individuals.
unpooledFit(1)
ans = OptimResults with properties: ExitFlag: 3 Output: [1×1 struct] GroupName: 1 Beta: [4×3 table] ParameterEstimates: [4×3 table] J: [8×4×2 double] COVB: [4×4 double] CovarianceMatrix: [4×4 double] R: [8×2 double] MSE: 2.1380 SSE: 25.6559 Weights: [] LogLikelihood: 26.4805 AIC: 60.9610 BIC: 64.0514 DFE: 12 EstimatedParameterNames: {'Central' 'Peripheral' 'Q12' 'Cl_Central'} ErrorModelInfo: [1×3 table] EstimationFunction: 'lsqnonlin'
Generate a plot of the residuals over time to compare the pooled and unpooled fit results. The figure indicates unpooled fit residuals are smaller than those of pooled fit as expected. In addition to comparing residuals, other rigorous crieteria can be used to compare the fitted results.
t = [gData.Time;gData.Time]; res_pooled = vertcat(pooledFit.R); res_pooled = res_pooled(:); res_unpooled = vertcat(unpooledFit.R); res_unpooled = res_unpooled(:); plot(t,res_pooled,'o','MarkerFaceColor','w','markerEdgeColor','b') hold on plot(t,res_unpooled,'o','MarkerFaceColor','b','markerEdgeColor','b') refl = refline(0,0); % A reference line representing a zero residual title('Residuals versus Time'); xlabel('Time'); ylabel('Residuals'); legend({'Pooled','Unpooled'});
This example showed how to perform pooled and unpooled
estimations using sbiofit
. As illustrated, the
unpooled fit accounts for variations due to the specific subjects
in the study, and, in this case, the model fits better to the data.
However, the pooled fit returns populationwide parameters. If you
want to estimate populationwide parameters while considering individual
variations, use sbiofitmixed
.
This example shows how to estimate categoryspecific (such as young versus old, male versus female), individualspecific, and populationwide parameters using PK profile data from multiple individuals.
Background
Suppose you have drug plasma concentration data from 30 individuals and want to estimate pharmacokinetic parameters, namely the volumes of central and peripheral compartment, the clearance, and intercompartmental clearance. Assume the drug concentration versus the time profile follows the biexponential decline , where is the drug concentration at time t, and and are slopes for corresponding exponential declines.
Load Data
This synthetic data contains the time course of plasma concentrations of 30 individuals after a bolus dose (100 mg) measured at different times for both central and peripheral compartments. It also contains categorical variables, namely Sex
and Age
.
clear load(fullfile(matlabroot,'examples','simbio','sd5_302RAgeSex.mat'))
Convert to groupedData Format
Convert the data set to a groupedData
object, which is the required data format for the fitting function sbiofit
. A groupedData
object also allows you set independent variable and group variable names (if they exist). Set the units of the ID
, Time
, CentralConc
, PeripheralConc
, Age
, and Sex
variables. The units are optional and only required for the UnitConversion
feature, which automatically converts matching physical quantities to one consistent unit system.
gData = groupedData(data); gData.Properties.VariableUnits = {'','hour','milligram/liter','milligram/liter','',''}; gData.Properties
The IndependentVariableName
and GroupVariableName
properties have been automatically set to the Time
and ID
variables of the data.
ans = struct with fields: Description: '' UserData: [] DimensionNames: {'Row' 'Variables'} VariableNames: {1×6 cell} VariableDescriptions: {} VariableUnits: {1×6 cell} RowNames: {} GroupVariableName: 'ID' IndependentVariableName: 'Time'
Visualize Data
Display the response data for each individual.
t = sbiotrellis(gData,'ID','Time',{'CentralConc','PeripheralConc'},... 'Marker','+','LineStyle','none'); % Resize the figure. t.hFig.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
Set Up a TwoCompartment Model
Use the builtin PK library to construct a twocompartment model with infusion dosing and firstorder elimination where the elimination rate depends on the clearance and volume of the central compartment. Use the configset
object to turn on unit conversion.
pkmd = PKModelDesign; pkc1 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Central'); pkc1.DosingType = 'Bolus'; pkc1.EliminationType = 'linearclearance'; pkc1.HasResponseVariable = true; pkc2 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Peripheral'); model = construct(pkmd); configset = getconfigset(model); configset.CompileOptions.UnitConversion = true;
For details on creating compartmental PK models using the SimBiology® builtin library, see Create Pharmacokinetic Models.
Define Dosing
Assume every individual receives a bolus dose of 100 mg at time = 0. For details on setting up different dosing strategies, see Doses.
dose = sbiodose('dose','TargetName','Drug_Central'); dose.StartTime = 0; dose.Amount = 100; dose.AmountUnits = 'milligram'; dose.TimeUnits = 'hour';
Map the Response Data to Corresponding Model Components
The data contains measured plasma concentration in the central and peripheral compartments. Map these variables to the appropriate model components, which are Drug_Central
and Drug_Peripheral
.
responseMap = {'Drug_Central = CentralConc','Drug_Peripheral = PeripheralConc'};
Specify Parameters to Estimate
Specify the volumes of central and peripheral compartments Central
and Peripheral
, intercompartmental clearance Q12
, and clearance Cl_Central
as parameters to estimate. The estimatedInfo
object lets you optionally specify parameter transforms, initial values, and parameter bounds. Since both Central
and Peripheral
are constrained to be positive, specify a logtransform for each parameter.
paramsToEstimate = {'log(Central)', 'log(Peripheral)', 'Q12', 'Cl_Central'}; estimatedParam = estimatedInfo(paramsToEstimate,'InitialValue',[1 1 1 1]);
Estimate IndividualSpecific Parameters
Estimate one set of parameters for each individual by setting the 'Pooled'
namevalue pair argument to false
.
unpooledFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose,'Pooled',false);
Display Results
Plot the fitted results versus the original data for each individual (group).
t = plot(unpooledFit);
% Resize the figure.
t.hFig.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
For an unpooled fit, sbiofit
always returns one results object for each individual.
Examine Parameter Estimates for Category Dependencies
Explore the unpooled estimates to see if there is any categoryspecific parameters, that is, if some parameters are related to one or more categories. If there are any category dependencies, it might be possible to reduce the number of degrees of freedom by estimating just categoryspecific values for those parameters.
First extract the ID and category values for each ID
catParamValues = unique(gData(:,{'ID','Sex','Age'}));
Add variables to the table containing each parameter's estimate.
allParamValues = vertcat(unpooledFit.ParameterEstimates); catParamValues.Central = allParamValues.Estimate(strcmp(allParamValues.Name, 'Central')); catParamValues.Peripheral = allParamValues.Estimate(strcmp(allParamValues.Name, 'Peripheral')); catParamValues.Q12 = allParamValues.Estimate(strcmp(allParamValues.Name, 'Q12')); catParamValues.Cl_Central = allParamValues.Estimate(strcmp(allParamValues.Name, 'Cl_Central'));
Plot estimates of each parameter for each category. gscatter
requires Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox™. If you do not have it, use other alternative plotting functions such as plot
.
h = figure; ylabels = {'Central','Peripheral','Cl\_Central','Q12'}; plotNumber = 1; for i = 1:4 thisParam = estimatedParam(i).Name; % Plot for Sex category subplot(4,2,plotNumber); plotNumber = plotNumber + 1; gscatter(double(catParamValues.Sex), catParamValues.(thisParam), catParamValues.Sex); ax = gca; ax.XTick = []; ylabel(ylabels(i)); legend('Location','bestoutside') % Plot for Age category subplot(4,2,plotNumber); plotNumber = plotNumber + 1; gscatter(double(catParamValues.Age), catParamValues.(thisParam), catParamValues.Age); ax = gca; ax.XTick = []; ylabel(ylabels(i)); legend('Location','bestoutside') end % Resize the figure. h.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
Based on the plot, it seems that young individuals tend to have higher volumes of central and peripheral compartments (Central
, Peripheral
) than old invididuals (that is, the volumes seem to be agespecific). In addition, males tend to have lower clearance rates (Cl_Central
) than females but the opposite for the Q12 parameter (that is, the clearance and Q12 seem to be sexspecific).
Estimate CategorySpecific Parameters
Use the 'CategoryVariableName'
property of the estimatedInfo
object to specify which category to use during fitting. Use 'Sex'
as the group to fit for the clearrance Cl_Central
and Q12
parameters. Use 'Age'
as the group to fit for the Central
and Peripheral
parameters.
estimatedParam(1).CategoryVariableName = 'Age'; estimatedParam(2).CategoryVariableName = 'Age'; estimatedParam(3).CategoryVariableName = 'Sex'; estimatedParam(4).CategoryVariableName = 'Sex'; categoryFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose)
When fitting by category (or group), sbiofit
always returns one results object, not one for each category level. This is because both male and female individuals are considered to be part of the same optimization using the same error model and error parameters, similarly for the young and old individuals.
categoryFit = OptimResults with properties: ExitFlag: 3 Output: [1×1 struct] GroupName: [] Beta: [8×5 table] ParameterEstimates: [120×6 table] J: [240×8×2 double] COVB: [8×8 double] CovarianceMatrix: [8×8 double] R: [240×2 double] MSE: 0.4362 SSE: 205.8690 Weights: [] LogLikelihood: 477.9195 AIC: 971.8390 BIC: 1.0052e+03 DFE: 472 EstimatedParameterNames: {'Central' 'Peripheral' 'Q12' 'Cl_Central'} ErrorModelInfo: [1×3 table] EstimationFunction: 'lsqnonlin'
Plot Results
Plot the categoryspecific estimated results.
t = plot(categoryFit);
% Resize the figure.
t.hFig.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
For the Cl_Central
and Q12
parameters, all males had the same estimates, and similarly for the females. For the Central
and Peripheral
parameters, all young individuals had the same estimates, and similarly for the old individuals.
Estimate PopulationWide Parameters
To better compare the results, fit the model to all of the data pooled together, that is, estimate one set of parameters for all individuals by setting the 'Pooled'
namevalue pair argument to true
. The warning message tells you that this option will ignore any categoryspecific information (if they exist).
pooledFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose,'Pooled',true);
Warning: CategoryVariableName property of the estimatedInfo object is ignored when using the 'Pooled' option.
Plot Results
Plot the fitted results versus the original data. Although a separate plot was generated for each individual, the data was fitted using the same set of parameters (that is, all individuals had the same fitted line).
t = plot(pooledFit);
% Resize the figure.
t.hFig.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
Compare Residuals
Compare residuals of CentralConc
and PeripheralConc
responses for each fit.
t = gData.Time; allResid(:,:,1) = pooledFit.R; allResid(:,:,2) = categoryFit.R; allResid(:,:,3) = vertcat(unpooledFit.R); h = figure; responseList = {'CentralConc', 'PeripheralConc'}; for i = 1:2 subplot(2,1,i); oneResid = squeeze(allResid(:,i,:)); plot(t,oneResid,'o'); refline(0,0); % A reference line representing a zero residual title(sprintf('Residuals (%s)', responseList{i})); xlabel('Time'); ylabel('Residuals'); legend({'Pooled','CategorySpecific','Unpooled'}); end % Resize the figure. h.Position(:) = [100 100 1280 800];
As shown in the plot, the unpooled fit produced the best fit to the data as it fit the data to each indivdual. This was expected since it used the most number of degrees of freedom. The categoryfit reduced the number of degrees of freedom by fitting the data to two categories (sex and age). As a result, the residuals were larger than the unpooled fit, but still smaller than the populationfit, which estimated just one set of parameters for all individuals. The categoryfit might be a good compromise between the unpooled and pooled fitting provided that any hierarchical model exists within your data.
This example uses the yeast heterotrimeric G protein model and experimental data reported by [1]. For details about the model, see the Background section in Parameter Scanning, Parameter Estimation, and Sensitivity Analysis in the Yeast Heterotrimeric G Protein Cycle.
Load the G protein model.
sbioloadproject gprotein
Store the experimental data containing the time course for the fraction of active G protein.
time = [0 10 30 60 110 210 300 450 600]'; GaFracExpt = [0 0.35 0.4 0.36 0.39 0.33 0.24 0.17 0.2]';
Create a groupedData
object based on the experimental data.
tbl = table(time,GaFracExpt); grpData = groupedData(tbl);
Map the appropriate model component to the experimental data. In other words, indicate which species in the model corresponds to which response variable in the data. In this example, map the model parameter GaFrac
to the experimental data variable GaFracExpt
from grpData
.
responseMap = 'GaFrac = GaFracExpt';
Use an estimatedInfo
object to define the model parameter kGd
as a parameter to be estimated.
estimatedParam = estimatedInfo('kGd');
Perform the parameter estimation.
fitResult = sbiofit(m1,grpData,responseMap,estimatedParam);
View the estimated parameter value of kGd
.
fitResult.ParameterEstimates
ans = 1×3 table Name Estimate StandardError _____ ________ _____________ 'kGd' 0.11 3.683e05
Suppose you want to plot the model simulation results using the estimated parameter value. You can either rerun the sbiofit
function and specify to return the optional second output argument, which contains simulation results, or use the fitted
method to retrieve the results without rerunning sbiofit
.
[yfit,paramEstim] = fitted(fitResult);
Plot the simulation results.
sbioplot(yfit);
sm
— SimBiology modelSimBiology model, specified as a SimBiology model object
. The active configset object
of the model contains
solver settings for simulation. Any active doses and variants are
applied to the model during simulation unless specified otherwise
using the dosing
and variants
input
arguments, respectively.
grpData
— Data to fitData to fit, specified as a groupedData
object
.
The name of the time variable must be defined in the IndependentVariableName
property
of grpData
. For instance, if the time variable
name is 'TIME'
, then specify it as follows.
grpData.Properties.IndependentVariableName = 'TIME';
If the data contains more than one group of measurements, the
grouping variable name must be defined in the GroupVariableName
property
of grpData
. For example, if the grouping variable
name is 'GROUP'
, then specify it as follows.
grpData.Properties.GroupVariableName = 'GROUP';
Note:

responseMap
— Mapping information of model components to grpData
Mapping information of model components to grpData
,
specified as a character vector or cell array of character vectors.
Each character vector is an equationlike expression, similar
to assignment rules in SimBiology. It contains the name (or qualified
name) of a quantity (species, compartment, or parameter) in the model sm
,
followed by the character '='
and the name of a
variable in grpData
. For clarity, white spaces
are allowed between names and '='
.
For example, if you have the concentration data 'CONC'
in grpData
for
a species 'Drug_Central'
, you can specify it as
follows.
responseMap = 'Drug_Central = CONC';
To name a species unambiguously, use the qualified name, which
includes the name of the compartment. To name a reactionscoped parameter,
use the reaction name to qualify the parameter. If the name is not
a valid MATLAB^{®} variable name, surround it by square brackets
such as [reaction 1].[parameter 1]
.
An error is issued if any (qualified) name matches two components of the same type. However, you can use a (qualified) name that matches two components of different types, and the function first finds the species with the given name, followed by compartments and then parameters.
estiminfo
— Estimated parametersestimatedInfo
object  vector of estimatedInfo
objectsEstimated parameters, specified as an estimatedInfo
object
or vector of estimatedInfo
objects
that defines the estimated parameters in the model sm
,
and other optional information such as their initial estimates, transformations,
bound constraints, and categories. Supported transforms are log
, logit
,
and probit
.
You can specify bounds for all estimation methods (for the complete
list, see functionName
). The lower bound must
be less than the upper bound.
When using scattersearch
, you must specify
finite transformed bounds for each estimated parameter.
When using fminsearch
, nlinfit
,
or fminunc
with bounds, the objective function
returns Inf
if bounds are exceeded. When you turn
on options such as FunValCheck
, the optimization
might error if bounds are exceeded during estimation. If using nlinfit
,
it might report warnings about the Jacobian being illconditioned
or not being able to estimate if the final result is too close to
the bounds.
If you do not specify Pooled
namevalue
pair argument, sbiofit
uses CategoryVariableName
property
of estiminfo
to decide if parameters must be
estimated for each individual, group, category, or all individuals
as a whole. Use the Pooled
option to override
any CategoryVariableName
values. For details about CategoryVariableName
property,
see estimatedInfo object
.
Note:

dosing
— Dosing information[]
 2D matrix of dose objectsDosing information, specified as an empty array, or 2D matrix
of dose objects (ScheduleDose object
or RepeatDose object
). If empty, no doses
are applied during simulation, even if the model has active doses.
If not empty, the matrix must have a single row or one row per group
in the data grpData
. If it has a single row,
same doses are applied to all groups during simulation. If it has
multiple rows, each row is applied to a separate group, in the same
order as the groups appear in grpData
.
Multiple columns are allowed so that you can apply multiple
dose objects to each group. Each column of doses must reference the
same components in the model sm
. Specifically,
all doses (except for empty doses) in a column must have the same
values for TargetName
, DurationParameterName
,
and LagParameterName
. If some groups require more
doses than others, then fill in the matrix with dummy doses that are
either default doses or empty doses.
A default dose has default values for all properties, except
for the Name
property. An empty dose has a dose
amount of 0, thus having no effect on the model. Create a default
dose as follows.
d1 = sbiodose('d1');
grpData
has
dosing information, you can use the createDoses
method
to construct doses.
functionName
— Estimation function nameEstimation function name, specified as a character vector. Choices are as follows.
'fminsearch'
'nlinfit'
(Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox is
required.)
'fminunc'
(Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'fmincon'
(Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'lsqcurvefit'
(Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'lsqnonlin'
(Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'patternsearch'
(Global Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'ga'
(Global Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
'particleswarm'
(Global Optimization Toolbox is
required.)
By default, sbiofit
uses the first available
estimation function among the following: lsqnonlin
, nlinfit
, or fminsearch
.
The same priority applies to the default local solver choice for scattersearch
.
For the summary of supported methods and fitting options, see Supported Methods for Parameter Estimation.
options
— Options specific to estimation functionOptions specific to the estimation function, specified as a
struct or optimoptions
object.
statset
struct for nlinfit
optimset
struct for fminsearch
optimoptions
object for lsqcurvefit
, lsqnonlin
, fmincon
, fminunc
, particleswarm
, ga
,
and patternsearch
optimoptions
object or gaoptimset
struct
for ga
optimoptions
object or psoptimset
struct
for patternsearch
struct
for scattersearch
See Default Options for Estimation Algorithms for more details and default options associated with each estimation function.
variants
— Variants[]
 vector of variant objectsVariants, specified as an empty array or vector of variant objects. If empty, no variants are used even if the model has active variants.
Specify optional commaseparated pairs of Name,Value
arguments.
Name
is the argument
name and Value
is the corresponding
value. Name
must appear
inside single quotes (' '
).
You can specify several name and value pair
arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN
.
'ErrorModel','constant','UseParallel',true
specifies
a constant error model and to run simulations in parallel during parameter
estimation.'ErrorModel'
— Error model'constant'
(default)  cell array  categorical vector  tableError models used for estimation, specified as a character vector, cell array of character vectors, categorical vector, or a table.
If it is a cell array or categorical vector, its length must
match the number of responses in the responseMap
argument.
If it is a table, it must contain a single variable that is
a column vector of error model names. The names can be a cell array
of character vectors or a vector of categorical variables. If the
table has more than one row, then the RowNames
property
must match the response variable names specified in the right hand
side of responseMap
. If the table does not use
the RowNames
property, the nth
error is associated with the nth response.
If you specify only one error model, then sbiofit
estimates
one set of error parameters for all responses.
You can specify separate error models only if you are using
these methods: lsqnonlin
, lsqcurvefit
, fmincon
, fminunc
, fminsearch
, patternsearch
, ga
,
and particleswarm
.
There are four builtin error models. Each model defines the error using a standard meanzero and unitvariance (Gaussian) variable e, simulation results f, and one or two parameters a and b.
'constant'
: $$y=f+ae$$
'proportional'
: $$y=f+b\leftf\righte$$
'combined'
: $$y=f+(a+b\leftf\right)e$$
'exponential'
: $$y=f\ast \mathrm{exp}(ae)$$
Note: If you specify an error model, you cannot specify weights except for the constant error model. 
'Weights'
— WeightsWeights used for estimation, specified as a matrix of real positive weights, where the number of columns corresponds to the number of responses, or a function handle that accepts a vector of predicted response values and returns a vector of real positive weights.
If you specify an error model, you cannot use weights except
for the constant error model. If neither the 'ErrorModel'
or 'Weights'
is
specified, by default the function uses the constant error model with
equal weights.
'Pooled'
— Fit option flagfalse
(default)  true
Fit option flag, specifying whether to fit each individual (false
)
or pool all individual data (true
).
When true
, the function performs fitting
for all individuals or groups simultaneously using the same parameter
estimates, and fitResults
is a scalar results
object.
When false
, the function fits each group
or individual separately using group or individualspecific parameters,
and fitResults
is a vector of results objects
with one result for each group.
Note:
Use this option to override any 
'UseParallel'
— Flag for parallel simulationsfalse
(default)  true
Flag to enable parallelization, specified as true
or false
.
If true
and Parallel Computing Toolbox™ is available, sbiofit
supports
several levels of parallelization, but only one level is used at a
time.
For an unpooled fit ('Pooled'
= false
)
for multiple groups, each fit is run in parallel.
For a pooled fit ('Pooled'
= true
),
parallelization happens at the solver level. In other words, solver
computations, such as objective function evaluations, are run in parallel.
For details, see Multiple Parameter Estimations in Parallel.
'SensitivityAnalysis'
— Flag to use parameter sensitivities to determine gradients of the objective functiontrue
 false
Flag to use parameter sensitivities to determine gradients of
the objective function, specified as true
or false
.
By default, it is true
for fmincon
, fminunc
, lsqnonlin
,
and lsqcurvefit
methods. Otherwise, it is false
.
SimBiology uses the complexstep approximation method to calculate
parameter sensitivities. Such calculated sensitivities can be used
to determine gradients of the objective function during parameter
estimation to improve fitting. The default behavior of sbiofit
is
to use such sensitivities to determine gradients whenever the algorithm
is gradientbased and if the SimBiology^{®} model supports sensitivity
analysis. For details about the model requirements and sensitivity
analysis, see Sensitivity
Calculation.
'ProgressPlot'
— Flag to show the progress of parameter estimationfalse
(default)  true
Flag to show the progress of parameter estimation, specified
as true
or false
. If true
,
a new figure opens containing plots that show the loglikelihood,
termination criteria, and estimated parameters for each iteration.
This option is not supported for the nlinfit
method.
If you are using the Optimization Toolbox functions (fminunc
, fmincon
, lsqcurvefit
, lsqnonlin
),
the figure also shows the First Order Optimality (Optimization Toolbox) plot.
For an unpooled fit, each line on the plots represents an individual.
For a pooled fit, a single line represents all individuals. The line
becomes faded when the fit is complete. The plots also keep track
of the progress when you run sbiofit
(for both
pooled and unpooled fits) in parallel using remote clusters. For details,
see Progress Plot.
fitResults
— Estimation resultsOptimResults object
 NLINResults object
 Vector of results objectsEstimation results, returned as a OptimResults
object
or NLINResults object
or
a vector of these objects. Both results objects are subclasses of
the LeastSquaresResults object
.
If the function uses nlinfit
,
then fitResults
is a NLINResults
object
. Otherwise, fitResults
is an OptimResults object
.
When 'Pooled'
is set to false
,
the function fits each group separately using groupspecific parameters,
and fitResults
is a vector of results objects
with one results object for each group.
When 'Pooled'
is set to true
,
the function performs fitting for all individuals or groups simultaneously
using the same parameter estimates, and fitResults
is
a scalar results object.
When 'Pooled'
is not used, and CategoryVariableName
values
of estiminfo
are all <none>
, fitResults
is
a single result object. This is the same behavior as setting 'Pooled'
to true
.
When 'Pooled'
is not used, and CategoryVariableName
values
of estiminfo
are all <GroupVariableName>
, fitResults
is
a vector of results objects. This is the same behavior as setting 'Pooled'
to false
.
In all other cases, fitResults
is a scalar
object containing estimated parameter values for different groups
or categories specified by CategoryVariableName
.
simdata
— Simulation resultsSimData
objectsSimulation results, returned as a vector of SimData
objects
representing simulation results for each group or individual.
If the 'Pooled'
option is false
,
then each simulation uses groupspecific parameter values. If true
,
then all simulations use the same (populationwide) parameter values.
The states reported in simdata
are the
states that were included in the responseMap
input
argument and any other states listed in the StatesToLog
property
of the runtime options (RuntimeOptions
) of the
SimBiology model sm
.
SimBiology estimates parameters by the method of maximum
likelihood. Rather than directly maximizing the likelihood function, SimBiology constructs
an equivalent minimization problem. Whenever possible, the estimation
is formulated as a weighted least squares (WLS)
optimization that minimizes the sum of the squares of weighted residuals.
Otherwise, the estimation is formulated as the minimization of the
negative of the logarithm of the likelihood (NLL).
The WLS formulation often converges
better than the NLL formulation,
and SimBiology can take advantage of specialized WLS algorithms,
such as the LevenbergMarquardt algorithm implemented in lsqnonlin
and lsqcurvefit
.
SimBiology uses WLS when there is
a single error model that is constant, proportional, or exponential.
SimBiology uses NLL if you have a
combined error model or a multipleerror model, that is, a model having
an error model for each response.
sbiofit
supports different optimization
methods, and passes in the formulated WLS or NLL expression to the optimization method that
minimizes it.
Expression that is being minimized  

Weighted Least Squares (WLS)  For the constant error model, $$\sum _{i}^{N}{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}$$ 
For the proportional error model, $$\sum _{i}^{N}\frac{{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{{f}_{i}^{2}/{f}_{gm}}$$  
For the exponential error model, $$\sum _{i}^{N}{\left(\mathrm{ln}{y}_{i}\mathrm{ln}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}$$  
For numeric weights, $$\sum _{i}^{N}\frac{{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{{w}_{gm}/{w}_{i}}$$  
Negative Loglikelihood (NLL)  For the combined error model and multipleerror model, $$\sum}_{i}^{N}\frac{{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{2{\sigma}_{i}^{2}}+{\displaystyle \sum}_{i}^{N}\mathrm{ln}\sqrt{2\pi {\sigma}_{i}^{2}$$ 
The variables are defined as follows.
N  Number of experimental observations 
y_{i}  The ith experimental observation 
${f}_{i}$  Predicted value of the ith observation 
${\sigma}_{i}$  Standard deviation of the ith observation.

$${f}_{gm}$$  $${f}_{gm}={\left({\displaystyle \prod _{i}^{N}{f}_{i}}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$N$}\right.}$$ 
$${w}_{i}$$  The weight of the ith predicted value 
$${w}_{gm}$$  $${w}_{gm}={\left({\displaystyle \prod _{i}^{N}{w}_{i}}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$N$}\right.}$$ 
When you use numeric weights or the weight function, the weights are assumed to be inversely proportional to the variance of the error, that is, $${\sigma}_{i}^{2}=\frac{{a}^{2}}{{w}_{i}}$$ where a is the constant error parameter. If you use weights, you cannot specify an error model except the constant error model.
Various optimization methods have different requirements on the function that is being minimized. For some methods, the estimation of model parameters is performed independently of the estimation of the error model parameters. The following table summarizes the error models and any separate formulas used for the estimation of error model parameters, where a and b are error model parameters and e is the standard meanzero and unitvariance (Gaussian) variable.
Error Model  Error Parameter Estimation Function 

'constant' : $${y}_{i}={f}_{i}+ae$$  $${a}^{2}=\frac{1}{N}{\displaystyle \sum _{i}^{N}{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$$ 
'exponential' : $${y}_{i}={f}_{i}\mathrm{exp}(ae)$$  $${a}^{2}=\frac{1}{N}{\displaystyle \sum _{i}^{N}{\left(\mathrm{ln}{y}_{i}\mathrm{ln}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$$ 
'proportional' : $${y}_{i}={f}_{i}+b\left{f}_{i}\righte$$  ${b}^{2}=\frac{1}{N}{\displaystyle \sum _{i}^{N}{\left(\frac{{y}_{i}{f}_{i}}{{f}_{i}}\right)}^{2}}$ 
'combined' : $${y}_{i}={f}_{i}+\left(a+b\left{f}_{i}\right\right)e$$  Error parameters are included in the minimization. 
Weights  $${a}^{2}=\frac{1}{N}{\displaystyle \sum _{i}^{N}{\left({y}_{i}{f}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{w}_{i}$$ 
Note:

Function  Default Options  

nlinfit 
 
fmincon 
 
fminunc 
 
fminsearch 
 
lsqcurvefit , lsqnonlin  Requires Optimization Toolbox.
 
patternsearch  Requires Global Optimization Toolbox.
 
ga  Requires Global Optimization Toolbox.
 
particleswarm  Requires Global Optimization Toolbox. sbiofit uses
the following default options for the particleswarm algorithm,
except for:
 
scattersearch  See Scatter Search Algorithm. 
The scattersearch
method implements a global
optimization algorithm [2] that
addresses some challenges of parameter estimation in dynamic models,
such as convergence to local minima.
The algorithm selects a subset of points from an initial pool of points. In that subset, some points are the best in quality (that is, lowest function value) and some are randomly selected. The algorithm iteratively evaluates the points and explores different directions around various solutions to find better solutions. During this iteration step, the algorithm replaces any old solution with a new one of better quality. Iterations proceed until any stopping criteria are met. It then runs a local solver on the best point.
Initialization
To start the scatter search, the algorithm first decides the
total number of points needed (NumInitialPoints
).
By default, the total is 10*N
,
where N is the number of estimated parameters.
It selects NumInitialPoints
points (rows) from InitialPointMatrix
.
If InitialPointMatrix
does not have enough points,
the algorithm calls the function defined in CreationFcn
to
generate the additional points needed. By default, Latin hypercube
sampling is used to generate these additional points. The algorithm
then selects a subset of NumTrialPoints
points
from NumInitialPoints
points. A fraction (FractionInitialBest
)
of the subset contains the best points in terms of quality. The remaining
points in the subset are randomly selected.
Iteration Steps
The algorithm iterates on the points in the subset as follows:
Define hyperrectangles around each pair of points by using the relative qualities (that is, function values) of these points as a measure of bias to create these rectangles.
Evaluate a new solution inside each rectangle. If the new solution outperforms the original solution, replace the original with the new one.
Apply the gobeyond strategy to the improved solutions and exploit promising directions to find better solutions.
Run a local search at every LocalSearchInterval
iteration.
Use the LocalSelectBestProbability
probability
to select the best point as the starting point for a local search.
By default, the decision is random, giving an equal chance to select
the best point or a random point from the trial points. If the new
solution outperforms the old solution, replace the old one with the
new one.
Replace any stalled point that does not produce any
new outperforming solution after MaxStallTime
seconds
with another point from the initial set.
Evaluate stopping criteria. Stop iterating if any criteria are met.
The algorithm then runs a local solver on the best point seen.
Stopping Criteria
The algorithm iterates until it reaches a stopping criterion.
Stopping Option  Stopping Test 

FunctionTolerance and MaxStallIterations  Relative change in best objective function value over
the last 
MaxIterations  Number of iterations reaches 
OutputFcn 

ObjectiveLimit  Best objective function value at an iteration is less
than or equal to 
MaxStallTime  Best objective function value did not change in the last 
MaxTime  Function run time exceeds 
You create the options for the algorithm using a struct
.
Option  Description 

CreationFcn  Handle to the function that creates additional points
needed for the algorithm. Default is the character vector The function signature
is: 
Display  Level of display returned to the command line.

FractionInitialBest  Numeric scalar from 
FunctionTolerance  Numeric scalar from 
InitialPointMatrix  Initial (or partial) set of points. MbyN real finite matrix, where M is the number of points and N is the number of estimated parameters. If M If M InitialTransformedValue property of the estimatedInfo object , that is, [estiminfo.InitialTransformedValue] . 
LocalOptions  Options for the local solver. It can be a struct (created
with optimset or statset ) or an optimoptions object,
depending on the local solver. Default is the character vector 'auto' ,
which uses the default options of the selected solver with some exceptions.
In addition to these exceptions, the following options limit the time
spent in the local solver because it is called repeatedly:

LocalSearchInterval  Positive integer. Default is 
LocalSelectBestProbability  Numeric scalar from 
LocalSolver  Character vector specifying the name of a local solver.
Supported methods are Default local solver is selected with the following priority:

MaxIterations  Positive integer. Default is the character vector 
MaxStallIterations  Positive integer. Default is 
MaxStallTime  Positive scalar. Default is 
MaxTime  Positive scalar. Default is 
NumInitialPoints  Positive integer that is 
NumTrialPoints  Positive integer that is 
ObjectiveLimit  Scalar. Default is 
OutputFcn  Function handle or cell array of function handles. Output
functions can read iterative data and stop the solver. Default is Output
function signature is

TrialStallLimit  Positive integer, with default value of 
UseParallel  Logical flag to compute objective function in parallel.
Default is 
XTolerance  Numeric scalar from To
get a report of every potential local minimum, set 
There are two ways to use parallel computing for parameter estimation.
'UseParallel'
to trueTo enable parallelization for sbiofit
,
set the namevalue pair 'UseParallel'
to true
.
The function supports several levels of parallelization, but only
one level is used at a time. For an unpooled fit for multiple groups
(or individuals), each fit runs in parallel. For a pooled fit, parallelization
happens at the solver level if the solver supports it. That is, sbiofit
sets
the parallel option of the corresponding estimation method (solver)
to true, and the objection function evaluations are performed in parallel.
For instance, gradients are computed in parallel for gradientbased
methods. If you are performing a pooled fit with multiple groups using
a solver that does not have the parallel option, the simulations run
in parallel for each group during optimization (maximum likelihood estimation).
parfeval
or parfor
You can also call sbiofit
inside a parfor
loop or use a parfeval
inside a for
loop
to perform multiple parameter estimations in parallel. It is recommended
that you use parfeval
because these parallel
estimations run asynchronously. If one fit produces an error, it does
not affect the other fits.
If you are trying to find a global minimum, you can use global
solvers, such as particleswarm
or ga
(Global Optimization Toolbox is required).
However, if you to define the initial conditions and run the fits
in parallel, see the following example that shows how to use both parfor
and parfeval
.
Model and Data Setup
Load the G protein model.
sbioloadproject gprotein
Store the experimental data containing the time course for the fraction of active G protein [1].
time = [0 10 30 60 110 210 300 450 600]'; GaFracExpt = [0 0.35 0.4 0.36 0.39 0.33 0.24 0.17 0.2]';
Create a groupedData object
based
on the experimental data.
tbl = table(time,GaFracExpt); grpData = groupedData(tbl);
Map the appropriate model element to the experimental data.
responseMap = 'GaFrac = GaFracExpt';
Specify the parameter to estimate.
paramToEstimate = {'kGd'};
Generate initial parameter values for kGd
.
rng('default');
iniVal = abs(normrnd(0.01,1,10,1));
fitResultPar = [];
Parallel Pool Setup
Start a parallel pool using the local profile.
poolObj = parpool('local');
Starting parallel pool (parpool) using the 'local' profile ... connected to 12 workers.
Send the model to each worker. The following code ensures that the model is distributed only once to each worker.
modelOnWorkers = parallel.pool.Constant(m1);
Using parfeval
(Recommended)
First, define a function handle that uses the local function sbiofitpar
for
estimation. Make sure the function sbiofitpar
is
defined at the end of the script.
optimfun = @(x) sbiofitpar(modelOnWorkers.Value,grpData,responseMap,x);
Perform multiple parameter estimations in parallel via parfeval
using
different initial parameter values.
for i=1:length(iniVal) f(i) = parfeval(optimfun,1,iniVal(i)); end fitResultPar = fetchOutputs(f);
Summarize the results for each run.
allParValues = vertcat(fitResultPar.ParameterEstimates); allParValues.LogLikelihood = [fitResultPar.LogLikelihood]'; allParValues.RunNumber = (1:length(iniVal))'; allParValues.Name = categorical(allParValues.Name); allParValues.InitialValue = iniVal; % Rearrange the columns. allParValues = allParValues(:,[5 1 6 2 3 4]); % Sort rows by LogLikelihood. sortrows(allParValues,'LogLikelihood')
ans = 10×6 table RunNumber Name InitialValue Estimate StandardError LogLikelihood _________ ____ ____________ ________ _____________ _____________ 10 kGd 2.7794 2.7802 0.099562 1.2322 9 kGd 3.5884 1.7492 0.059766 0.84706 6 kGd 1.2977 1.2977 0.015316 0.48183 2 kGd 1.8439 0.98576 0.013323 0.028938 4 kGd 0.87217 0.87251 0.59751 0.21914 3 kGd 2.2488 0.80373 0.0086297 0.4049 1 kGd 0.54767 0.54761 0.0038326 1.5338 7 kGd 0.42359 0.39863 0.22337 2.9205 8 kGd 0.35262 0.3527 0.00036216 3.6191 5 kGd 0.32877 0.32889 0.00046789 4.058
Define the local function sbiofitpar
that
performs parameter estimation using sbiofit
.
function fitresult = sbiofitpar(model,grpData,responseMap,initialValue) estimatedParam = estimatedInfo('kGd'); estimatedParam.InitialValue = initialValue; fitresult = sbiofit(model,grpData,responseMap,estimatedParam); end
Using parfor
Alternatively, you can perform multiple parameter estimations
in parallel via the parfor
loop.
parfor i=1:length(iniVal) estimatedParam = estimatedInfo(paramToEstimate,'InitialValue',iniVal(i)); fitResultTemp = sbiofit(modelOnWorkers.Value,grpData,responseMap,estimatedParam); fitResultPar = [fitResultPar;fitResultTemp]; end
Close the parallel pool.
delete(poolObj);
Parallel pool using the 'local' profile is shutting down.
sbiofit
supports global optimization methods,
namely ga
and particleswarm
(Global Optimization Toolbox required).
To improve optimization results, these methods lets you run a hybrid
function after the global solver stops. The hybrid function uses the
final point returned by the global solver as its initial point. Supported
hybrid functions are:
Make sure that your hybrid function accepts your problem constraints.
That is, if your parameters are bounded, use an appropriate function
(such as fmincon
or patternsearch
)
for a constrained optimization. If not bounded, use fminunc
, fminsearch
,
or patternsearch
. Otherwise, sbiofit
throws
an error.
Perform Hybrid Optimization Using sbiofit
This example shows how to configure sbiofit
to perform a hybrid optimization by first running the global solver particleswarm
, followed by another minimization function, fmincon
.
Load Data
Load the sample data to fit. The data is stored as a table with variables ID, Time, CentralConc, and PeripheralConc. This synthetic data represents the time course of plasma concentrations measured at eight different time points for both central and peripheral compartments after an infusion dose for three individuals.
clear all load(fullfile(matlabroot,'examples','simbio','data10_32R.mat')) gData = groupedData(data); gData.Properties.VariableUnits = {'','hour','milligram/liter','milligram/liter'}; sbiotrellis(gData,'ID','Time',{'CentralConc','PeripheralConc'},'Marker','+',... 'LineStyle','none');
Create Model
Create a twocompartment model with an infusion dose.
pkmd = PKModelDesign; pkc1 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Central'); pkc1.DosingType = 'Infusion'; pkc1.EliminationType = 'linearclearance'; pkc1.HasResponseVariable = true; pkc2 = addCompartment(pkmd,'Peripheral'); model = construct(pkmd); configset = getconfigset(model); configset.CompileOptions.UnitConversion = true; dose = sbiodose('dose','TargetName','Drug_Central'); dose.StartTime = 0; dose.Amount = 100; dose.Rate = 50; dose.AmountUnits = 'milligram'; dose.TimeUnits = 'hour'; dose.RateUnits = 'milligram/hour'; responseMap = {'Drug_Central = CentralConc','Drug_Peripheral = PeripheralConc'};
Define Parameters to Estimate
Use the estimatedInfo
object to define the estimated parameters.
paramsToEstimate = {'log(Central)','log(Peripheral)','Q12','Cl_Central'}; estimatedParam = estimatedInfo(paramsToEstimate,'InitialValue',[1 1 1 1],... 'Bounds',[0 10]);
Define the Options for Hybrid Pptimization
Define the options for the global solver and the hybrid solver. Because the parameters are bounded, make sure you use a compatible hybrid function for a constrained optimization, such as fmincon
. Use optimset
to define the options for fminsearch
. Use optimoptions
to define the options for fminunc
, patternsearch
, and fmincon
.
rng('default'); globalMethod = 'particleswarm'; options = optimoptions(globalMethod); hybridMethod = 'fmincon'; hybridopts = optimoptions(hybridMethod,'Display','none'); options = optimoptions(options,'HybridFcn',{hybridMethod,hybridopts});
Fit Data
Estimate model parameters. Turn on ProgressPlot
to see the live feedback on the status of fitting. The first row of plots are the quality measure plots for the global solver. The second row plots are for the hybrid function. For details, see Progress Plot.
unpooledFit = sbiofit(model,gData,responseMap,estimatedParam,dose,globalMethod,... options,'Pooled',false,'ProgressPlot',true);
Plot Results
plot(unpooledFit);
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estimatedInfo object
 fmincon
 fminsearch
 fminunc
 ga
 groupedData object
 LeastSquaresResults object
 lsqcurvefit
 lsqnonlin
 nlinfit
 NLINResults object
 OptimResults object
 particleswarm
 patternsearch
 sbiofitmixed
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