Experiment Data Interface

The data ingested by JuliaSimModelOptimizer needs a particular format. Let us first go through the rules and then demonstrate them with an example.

Julia Environment

For this tutorial, we will use the following packages:

JuliaSimModelOptimizerJuliaSimModelOptimizer is used to formulate our problem
ModelingToolkitThe symbolic modeling environment
ModelingToolkitStandardLibraryLibrary for using standard modeling components
OrdinaryDiffEqThe numerical differential equation solvers
DataSetsWe will load our experimental data from datasets on JuliaHub
using JuliaSimModelOptimizer
using ModelingToolkit
using ModelingToolkitStandardLibrary.Electrical
using ModelingToolkitStandardLibrary.Blocks: Sine
using OrdinaryDiffEq
using DataSets

Data Format

The rules are as follows:

  1. Data which can either be simulations or real world data are bunch of timeseries for all the states/observables arranged in a tabular format which has a Tables.jl interface such as DataFrame, CSV.File, NamedTuple containing vectors for each columns etc.
  2. First column of every table should be named as "timestamp". This column is the series of time points. When we have steady state problems, we can have Inf in the timestamp column to signify that it is steady state data.
  3. The names for the rest of the columns should match the names of the states or algebraic variables of the corresponding model. Note that: i. The independent variable suffix (usually "(t)"), which ModelingToolkit generates is not required, it can either be present or omitted. ii. For models with sub-systems, the variables should be namespaced according to the system they belong to. The character used to delimit the namespace can either be "." or "₊".

Now, let us go through an example which is the same as the example in the getting started page.

function create_model(; C₁ = 3e-5, C₂ = 1e-6)
    @variables t
    @named resistor1 = Resistor(R = 5.0)
    @named resistor2 = Resistor(R = 2.0)
    @named capacitor1 = Capacitor(C = C₁)
    @named capacitor2 = Capacitor(C = C₂)
    @named source = Voltage()
    @named input_signal = Sine(frequency = 100.0)
    @named ground = Ground()
    @named ampermeter = CurrentSensor()

    eqs = [connect(input_signal.output, source.V)
        connect(source.p, capacitor1.n, capacitor2.n)
        connect(source.n, resistor1.p, resistor2.p, ground.g)
        connect(resistor1.n, capacitor1.p, ampermeter.n)
        connect(resistor2.n, capacitor2.p, ampermeter.p)]

    @named circuit_model = ODESystem(eqs, t,
        systems = [
            resistor1, resistor2, capacitor1, capacitor2,
            source, input_signal, ground, ampermeter,

model = create_model()
sys = structural_simplify(model)

\[ \begin{align} \frac{\mathrm{d} capacitor2_{+}v\left( t \right)}{\mathrm{d}t} =& capacitor1_{+}vˍt\left( t \right) \\ 0 =& - resistor2_{+}i\left( t \right) + capacitor2_{+}i\left( t \right) - resistor1_{+}i\left( t \right) + capacitor1_{+}i\left( t \right) \end{align} \]

We can see the states of the model by:

2-element Vector{SymbolicUtils.BasicSymbolic{Real}}:

We can see that states of the model are defined in an interpretable manner. For example,"capacitor2₊v(t)" means the voltage across capacitor2. So, using the rules defined above, the name of this column in the dataset can be:

  • "capacitor2₊v(t)"
  • "capacitor2₊v"
  • "capacitor2.v(t)"
  • "capacitor2.v"

All the above names map to the same state in the model.

Data Storage

The data can be saved in any format on disk as long we can deserialize it in the formats mentioned above.

For ease, JuliaSimModelOptimizer natively provides supports for using DataSets.jl. So, we can pass in a DataSet object without worrying about downloading and deserializing as it is all handled internally. Currently, we support files to be in the form of CSVs for using DataSets.jl.

Let us demonstrate this with an example. We will use the dataset from getting started page.

data = dataset("juliasimtutorials/circuit_data")
experiment = Experiment(data, sys; alg = Rodas4(), abstol = 1e-6, reltol = 1e-5)
Experiment for circuit_model with no fixed parameters or initial conditions.
The simulation of this experiment is given by:
ODEProblem with uType Vector{Float64} and tType Float64. In-place: true
timespan: (0.0, 0.1)

We can see that we only need to pass in the DataSet object directly into the Experiment constructor to use the data.