Bifurcation Analysis

Bifurcation Analysis

Bifurcation analysis is provided by the wrapper package PyDSTool.jl, which wraps the functionality of PyDSTool. The the package has an interface for directly using PyDSTool itself, included is a higher level interface that makes these tools compatible with more standard JuliaDiffEq types.

This functionality does not come standard with DifferentialEquations.jl. To use this functionality, you must install PyDSTool.jl:

using PyDSTool

Calcium Bifurcation Tutorial

In this tutorial we will show how to do some simple bifurcation plots. We will follow the PyDSTool tutorial for the calcium channel model and re-create the results using the wrapped functionality.

Specification of a Model

We will specify the model using a ParameterizedFunction:

f = @ode_def_bare Calcium begin
  dv = ( i + gl * (vl - v) - gca * 0.5 * (1 + tanh( (v-v1)/v2 )) * (v-vca) )/c
  dw = v-w
end vl=>-60 vca=>120 i=>0.0 gl=>2 gca=>4 c=>20 v1=>-1.2 v2=>18

Next to build the ODE we need an initial condition and a starting timepoint.

u0 = [0;0]
tspan = [0;30]

Then we use the following command to build the PyDSTool ODE:

dsargs = build_ode(f,u0,tspan)

Now we need to build the continuation type. Following the setup of PyDSTool's tutorial, we need to start near the steady state. The commands translate as:

ode = ds[:Generator][:Vode_ODEsystem](dsargs)
ode[:set](pars = Dict("i"=>-220))
ode[:set](ics  = Dict("v"=>-170))
PC = ds[:ContClass](ode)

Once we have the continuation type, we can call the bifurcation_curve function. Instead of building the args into some object one-by-one, we simply make a function call with keyword arguments. Using the same arguments as the PyDSTool tutorial:

bif = bifurcation_curve(PC,"EP-C",["i"],

This returns a BifurcationCurve type. Important fields of this type are:

Instead of using the fields directly, we will use the plot recipe. The plot recipe requires you give the x,y coordinates to plot. Here we will plot it in the (i,v) plane:

using Plots