The biological models functionality is provided by DiffEqBiological.jl and helps the user build discrete stochastic and differential equation based systems biological models. These tools allow one to define the models at a high level by specifying reactions and rate constants, and the creation of the actual problems is then handled by the modeling package.
The Reaction Type
The basic type for BiologicalModels.jl is the reaction type. Its constructor is:
rate_constant is the rate constant for the reaction.
reactants is a list of reactants for the reaction. For example,
reactants=(2,3) means that the reaction rate is
stoichiometry is then the stoichiometry for the result. It is a list of tuples of changes to apply when the reaction takes place. Each tuple
(i,j) means "modify reactiant i by amount j". For example, the tuple
(2,-1) means "decrease reactant 2 by 1".
Note About Rate Dependency
Note that currently, the reactions are used to build
ConstantRateJumps. This means that the solver requires that the rates are constant between jumps in order to achieve full accuracy. The rates for the
ConstantRateJump may depend on each other, but they may not depend on the differential equation themselves.
Variable Rate Reactions
VariableRateReaction are allowed to have their rates change continuously, depending on time or values related to a differential equation. The constructor is:
function VariableRateReaction(rate_constant,reactants,stoichiometry; idxs = nothing, rootfind=true, interp_points=10, abstol=1e-12,reltol=0)
The additional keyword arguments are for controlling the associated
ContinuousCallback used to handle
VariableRateReactions in simulations.
An example reaction is:
r1 = Reaction(1e-4,(1,2),((1,-1),(2,1)))
1e-4. The reactants are components 1 and 2, meaning the reaction rate is calculated by
stoichiometry does two things. First, the
(1,-1) means that, when the reaction occurs, we decrease
u by 1. Secondly, the
(2,1) means we increase
u by 1. Thus this reaction is a reaction where chemical 1 changes into chemical 2, and it is enhanced by chemical 2 itself.
These reactions can be added to a differential equation (or discrete) problem using the
GillespieProblem. This is simply a constructor which interprets the reactions as jumps, and builds the associated
JumpProblem. Thus its constructor is the same:
This is the exact same constructor as the
JumpProblem, except now we pass reactions (or
VariableRateReactions, or a
ReactionSet) instead of jumps. Thus for more information, see the description of the