Jannetta Steyn | 21 Feb 12:23 2013

using and event in deSolve

Hi All

Having been pointed the use of events and roots in deSolve, I was able to
implement the Izchikevich model of spiking neurons. However, I'm not too
sure of defining the event. The deSolve documentation says:

An event is triggered when the ball hits the ground (height = 0) Then
velocity (y2) is reversed
and reduced by 10 percent. The root function, y[1] = 0, triggers the event:
> root <- function(t, y, parms) y[1]

Firstly I couldn't see where y[1] became 0, but I implemented Izchikevich
as follows:

Izhikevich <- function(time, init, parms) {
  with(as.list(c(init, parms)),{
    dv <- (0.04*v^2)+(5*v)+140-u+I;
    du <- a*(b*v-u);
    #if (v>=30) v<-c else v<-u+d;
    list( c(dv, du))
parms=c( a=0.02, b=0.2, c=-65, d=2, I=10);
times=seq(from=1, to=1000, by=0.1);
init=c(v=-65, u=0.2);

root <- function(time, init, parms) {

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Thomas Petzoldt | 23 Feb 19:50 2013

Re: using and event in deSolve

Hi Jannetta,

as far as I can see, your implementation was almost ;-) correct, except 

init[2] <- init[1] + d

should be:

init[2] <- init[2] + d

The root function with:


is correct, because this triggers an event when init[1]-30 crosses the 
zero line, i.e. when init[1] == 30. This can also be seen at the figure 
if we decrease the external step size, see the corrected example below.

Note also, that ";" at the end of line is not required (and should be 
avoided), because R is not C.

You can also send such questions to the special interest group:

r-sig-dynamic-models <at> r-project.org

Thanks for using deSolve

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