[SciPy-User] odeint with saturation?

Jonathan Stickel jjstickel@vcn....
Fri Oct 15 10:55:42 CDT 2010

On 10/12/10 11:00 , scipy-user-request@scipy.org wrote:
> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:12:41 -0400
> From: Brian Blais<bblais@bryant.edu>
> Subject: [SciPy-User] odeint with saturation?
> To: SciPy Users List<scipy-user@scipy.org>
> Hello,
> I am using odeint to solve some diff eqs, and it works great, but
> some of my cases have saturating values.  In many cases a value can't
> go negative (if it does, it should just be set equal to zero).  It
> doesn't seem as if odeint can do this, but is there an easy or
> preferred way of solving that kind of system?
> thanks!
> Brian Blais


Maybe you have figured this out on your own already, but I have one 
suggestion.  In your function that defines the set of ODEs, do something 

if var < eps && dvar<0:
     dvar = 0
return [array of rate variables including dvar]

Where 'var' is the variable you want to prevent being negative and 
'dvar' is the rate for var calculated earlier in your function.


P.S.  I found that the effort to learn how to use scipy.integrate.ode 
was the effort.  It provides more control and a slightly better solver 
than scipy.integrate.odeint.  YMMV.

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