# Parameter Estimation (import / export)

This example describes how to export the parameter estimation setup to a YaML file (or string), so that it can be easily modified later, and then loaded back (or applied to a different model).

## The Format

When saving the file, it will be exported as a sequence, of experiments of the following form:

name: Experiment
filename: data.txt
type: Time-Course
separator: "\t"
first_row: 1
last_row: 102
weight_method: Mean Square
normalize_per_experiment: true
mapping:
- column: '# Time'
type: time
- column: Values[F16BP_obs]
type: dependent
cn: CN=Root, ...
object: '[Fru1,6-P2]'


the individual fields are:

• name: the name of the experiment

• type: Time-Course for time course data (requires a mapping of type time to be specified), or Steady-State for steady state data.

• separator: the separator being used

• first_row: the beginning of the experiment in the file (1 based)

• last_row: the last row of the experiment

• header_row: (optional) row with header information that can be later used in the column field of the mappings.

• weight_method: one of: Mean, Mean Square, Standard Deviation or Value Scaling.

• normalize_per_experiment: boolean indicating whether experiments should be scaled individual (True) or over all defined experimentes (False).

• mapping: sequence of column mappings described as follows.

The mapping descriptions contain the fields:

• column: either an integer index (zero based), describing which column the mapping applies to. If the experiment has header information, the column may be a string with the (case sensitive) header the mapping applies to.

• type: the type of the mapping for this column. One of ignored, time, dependent or independent.

• object: display name of the element to map to

• cn: (optional) the CN to the reference to map to.

For columns of type dependent or independent at least on of object or cn needs to be defined. (The cn value takes preference).

• weight: may be used for columns of type dependent to customize the scale to be applied to the column. If not specified it will be automatically calculated based on the selected weight_method.

## Example

We start by importing basico as usual (should that fail for you just !pip install copasi-basico:

[1]:

from basico import *


here we load an existing parameter estimation example, included with the distribution as example:

[2]:

dm = load_example('PK')


now we can directly export the setup of the experimental data files as yaml string (or if you supply a filename to the function, it will be saved as file):

[3]:

yaml_str = save_experiments_to_yaml()
print("\n".join(yaml_str.split('\n')[:24])) # just restricting the amount of yaml to be printed here to the first experiment

- name: Experiment
filename: e:/development/basico/basico/data\data_2.txt
type: Time-Course
separator: "\t"
first_row: 1
last_row: 102
weight_method: Mean Square
normalize_per_experiment: true
mapping:
- column: '# Time'
type: time
- column: Values[F16BP_obs]
type: dependent
cn: CN=Root,Model=Pritchard2002_glycolysis,Vector=Compartments[cytosol],Vector=Metabolites[Fru1\,6-P2],Reference=Concentration
object: '[Fru1,6-P2]'
- column: Values[Glu_obs]
type: dependent
cn: CN=Root,Model=Pritchard2002_glycolysis,Vector=Compartments[cytosol],Vector=Metabolites[Glc(int)],Reference=Concentration
object: '[Glc(int)]'
- column: Values[Pyr_obs]
type: dependent
cn: CN=Root,Model=Pritchard2002_glycolysis,Vector=Compartments[cytosol],Vector=Metabolites[pyruvate],Reference=Concentration
object: '[pyruvate]'


at this point you’d make modifications to you’d want to it. Remember, that the cn is optional. The key points to keep in mind:

• ensure that the row number for the experiment are consistent with the changes you make

• if it is a time course experiment, ensure you have a column of type time.

• the column specifier is either the index of the column, or the name if the experiment has headers.

once the changes are made, you can load the setup back into the model, using the load_experiments_from_yaml function. This will remove all existing experiments from the file first.

[4]:

load_experiments_from_yaml(yaml_str)