Solution Handling

Solution Handling

Accessing the Values

The solution type has a lot of built in functionality to help analysis. For example, it has an array interface for accessing the values. Internally, the solution type has two important fields:

  1. u which holds the Vector of values at each timestep

  2. t which holds the times of each timestep.

Different solution types may add extra information as necessary, such as the derivative at each timestep du or the spatial discretization x, y, etc.

Array Interface

Instead of working on the Vector{uType} directly, we can use the provided array interface.


to access the value at timestep i (if the timeseries was saved), and


to access the value of t at timestep i. For multi-dimensional systems, this will address first by component and lastly by time, and thus


will be the ith component at timestep j. If the independent variables had shape (for example, was a matrix), then i is the linear index. We can also access solutions with shape:


gives the [i,j] component of the system at timestep k. The colon operator is supported, meaning that


gives the timeseries for the jth component.

Using the AbstractArray Interface

The AbstractArray interface can be directly used. For example, for a vector system of variables sol[i,j] is a matrix with rows being the variables and columns being the timepoints. Operations like sol' will transpose the solution type. Functionality written for AbstractArrays can directly use this. For example, the Base cov function computes correlations amongst columns, and thus:


computes the correlation of the system state in time, whereas


computes the correlation between the variables. Similarly, mean(sol,2) is the mean of the variable in time, and var(sol,2) is the variance. Other statistical functions and packages which work on AbstractArray types will work on the solution type.

At anytime, a true Array can be created using convert(Array,sol).


If the solver allows for dense output and dense=true was set for the solving (which is the default), then we can access the approximate value at a time t using the command


Note that the interpolating function allows for t to be a vector and uses this to speed up the interpolation calculations. The full API for the interpolations is


The optional argument deriv lets you choose the number n derivative to solve the interpolation for, defaulting with n=0. Note that most of the derivatives have not yet been implemented (though it's not hard, it just has to be done by hand for each algorithm. Open an issue if there's a specific one you need). idxs allows you to choose the indices the interpolation should solve for. For example,


will return a Vector of length 3 which is the interpolated values at t for components 1, 3, and 5. idxs=nothing, the default, means it will return every component. In addition, we can do


and it will return a Number for the interpolation of the single value. Note that this interpolation only computes the values which are requested, and thus it's much faster on large systems to use this rather than computing the full interpolation and using only a few values.

In addition, there is an inplace form:


which will write the output to out. This allows one to use pre-allocated vectors for the output to improve the speed even more.


The solver interface also gives tools for using comprehensions over the solution. Using the tuples(sol) function, we can get a tuple for the output at each timestep. This allows one to do the following:

[t+2u for (t,u) in tuples(sol)]

One can use the extra components of the solution object as well as using zip. For example, say the solution type holds du, the derivative at each timestep. One can comprehend over the values using:

[t+3u-du for (t,u,du) in zip(sol.t,sol.u,sol.du)]

Note that the solution object acts as a vector in time, and so its length is the number of saved timepoints.

Special Fields

The solution interface also includes some special fields. The problem object prob and the algorithm used to solve the problem alg are included in the solution. Additionally, the field dense is a boolean which states whether the interpolation functionality is available. Lastly, there is a mutable state tslocation which controls the plot recipe behavior. By default, tslocation=0. Its values have different meanings between partial and ordinary differential equations:

What this means is that for ODEs, the plots will default to the full plot and PDEs will default to plotting the surface at the final timepoint. The iterator interface simply iterates the value of tslocation, and the animate function iterates the solution calling solve at each step.

Return Codes (RetCodes)

The solution types have a retcode field which returns a symbol signifying the error state of the solution. The retcodes are as follows:

Problem-Specific Features

Extra fields for solutions of specific problems are specified in the appropriate problem definition page.