Export standalone Python (pysb.export.python)

A module containing a class that produces Python code for simulating a PySB model without requiring PySB itself (note that NumPy and SciPy are still required). This offers a way of distributing a model to those who do not have PySB.

For information on how to use the model exporters, see the documentation for pysb.export.

Structure of the standalone Python code

The standalone Python code defines a class, Model, with a method simulate that can be used to simulate the model.

As shown in the code for the Robertson model below, the Model class defines the fields parameters, observables, and initials as lists of collections.namedtuple objects that allow access to the features of the model.

The simulate method has the following signature:

def simulate(self, tspan, param_values=None, view=False):

with arguments as follows:

  • tspan specifies the array of timepoints
  • param_values is an optional vector of parameter values that can be used to override the nominal values defined in the PySB model
  • view is an optional boolean argument that specifies if the simulation output arrays are returned as copies (views) of the original. If True, returns copies of the arrays, allowing changes to be made to values in the arrays without affecting the originals.

simulate returns a tuple of two arrays. The first array is a matrix with timecourses for each species in the model as the columns. The second array is a numpy record array for the model’s observables, which can be indexed by name.

Output for the Robertson example model

Example code generated for the Robertson model, pysb.examples.robertson:

"""A simple three-species chemical kinetics system known as "Robertson's
example", as presented in:

H. H. Robertson, The solution of a set of reaction rate equations, in Numerical
Analysis: An Introduction, J. Walsh, ed., Academic Press, 1966, pp. 178-182.

# exported from PySB model 'robertson'

import numpy
import scipy.integrate
import collections
import itertools
import distutils.errors

_use_inline = False
# try to inline a C statement to see if inline is functional
    import weave
    weave.inline('int i;', force=1)
    _use_inline = True
except ImportError:
except distutils.errors.CompileError:

Parameter = collections.namedtuple('Parameter', 'name value')
Observable = collections.namedtuple('Observable', 'name species coefficients')
Initial = collections.namedtuple('Initial', 'param_index species_index')

class Model(object):
    def __init__(self):
        self.y = None
        self.yobs = None
        self.integrator = scipy.integrate.ode(self.ode_rhs)
        self.integrator.set_integrator('vode', method='bdf',
        self.y0 = numpy.empty(3)
        self.ydot = numpy.empty(3)
        self.sim_param_values = numpy.empty(6)
        self.parameters = [None] * 6
        self.observables = [None] * 3
        self.initials = [None] * 3
        self.parameters[0] = Parameter('k1', 0.040000000000000001)
        self.parameters[1] = Parameter('k2', 30000000)
        self.parameters[2] = Parameter('k3', 10000)
        self.parameters[3] = Parameter('A_0', 1)
        self.parameters[4] = Parameter('B_0', 0)
        self.parameters[5] = Parameter('C_0', 0)

        self.observables[0] = Observable('A_total', [0], [1])
        self.observables[1] = Observable('B_total', [1], [1])
        self.observables[2] = Observable('C_total', [2], [1])

        self.initials[0] = Initial(3, 0)
        self.initials[1] = Initial(4, 1)
        self.initials[2] = Initial(5, 2)

    if _use_inline:
        def ode_rhs(self, t, y, p):
            ydot = self.ydot
                ydot[0] = y[1]*y[2]*p[2] + (y[0]*p[0])*(-1);
                ydot[1] = y[0]*p[0] + (pow(y[1], 2)*p[1])*(-1) + (y[1]*y[2]*p[2])*(-1);
                ydot[2] = pow(y[1], 2)*p[1];
                ''', ['ydot', 't', 'y', 'p'])
            return ydot
        def ode_rhs(self, t, y, p):
            ydot = self.ydot
            ydot[0] = y[1]*y[2]*p[2] + (y[0]*p[0])*(-1)
            ydot[1] = y[0]*p[0] + (pow(y[1], 2)*p[1])*(-1) + (y[1]*y[2]*p[2])*(-1)
            ydot[2] = pow(y[1], 2)*p[1]
            return ydot
    def simulate(self, tspan, param_values=None, view=False):
        if param_values is not None:
            # accept vector of parameter values as an argument
            if len(param_values) != len(self.parameters):
                raise Exception("param_values must have length %d" %
            self.sim_param_values[:] = param_values
            # create parameter vector from the values in the model
            self.sim_param_values[:] = [p.value for p in self.parameters]
        for ic in self.initials:
            self.y0[ic.species_index] = self.sim_param_values[ic.param_index]
        if self.y is None or len(tspan) != len(self.y):
            self.y = numpy.empty((len(tspan), len(self.y0)))
            if len(self.observables):
                self.yobs = numpy.ndarray(len(tspan),
                                list(zip((obs.name for obs in self.observables),
                self.yobs = numpy.ndarray((len(tspan), 0))
            self.yobs_view = self.yobs.view(float).reshape(len(self.yobs),
        # perform the actual integration
        self.integrator.set_initial_value(self.y0, tspan[0])
        self.y[0] = self.y0
        t = 1
        while self.integrator.successful() and self.integrator.t < tspan[-1]:
            self.y[t] = self.integrator.integrate(tspan[t])
            t += 1
        for i, obs in enumerate(self.observables):
            self.yobs_view[:, i] = \
                (self.y[:, obs.species] * obs.coefficients).sum(1)
        if view:
            y_out = self.y.view()
            yobs_out = self.yobs.view()
            for a in y_out, yobs_out:
                a.flags.writeable = False
            y_out = self.y.copy()
            yobs_out = self.yobs.copy()
        return (y_out, yobs_out)

Using the standalone Python model

An example usage pattern for the standalone Robertson model, once generated:

# Import the standalone model file
import robertson_standalone
import numpy
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt

# Instantiate the model object (the constructor takes no arguments)
model = robertson_standalone.Model()

# Simulate the model
tspan = numpy.linspace(0, 100)
(species_output, observables_output) = model.simulate(tspan)

# Plot the results
plt.plot(tspan, observables_output['A_total'])
class pysb.export.python.PythonExporter(model, docstring=None)[source]

A class for returning the standalone Python code for a given PySB model.

Inherits from pysb.export.Exporter, which implements basic functionality for all exporters.


Export Python code for simulation of a model without PySB.


String containing the standalone Python code.