BYOM, byom_guts_start.m

BYOM is a General framework for simulating model systems in terms of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). The model itself needs to be specified in derivatives.m, and call_deri.m may need to be modified to the particular problem as well. The files in the engine directory are needed for fitting and plotting. Results are shown on screen but also saved to a log file (results.out).

The model: fitting survival data with the two simplest GUTS special cases: the reduced model with pure SD and IT (log-logistic). For faster calculations (when exposure is constant), the analytical solution in simplefun.m is used. To use the ODE version, set the option glo.useode= 1 (which uses the model in derivatives.m). For more elaborate GUTS scripts, take a look at the examples in the "reduced" and "full" directories.

The equation for scaled damage (referenced to water) is used both by SD and IT:

$$ \frac{dD_w}{dt} = k_d \left(C_w - D_w \right) \quad \textrm{scaled damage (referenced to external concentration)} $$

The SD model uses the hazard rate, which is calulated as:

$$ h_z = b_w \max (0,D_w-z_w) + h_b \quad \textrm{with $z_w=m_w$, hazard rate}$$

The hazard rate is integrated over time to yield the survival probability (using the analystical solution), or it is included in ODE form (in dervatives.m):

$$ S_z = \textrm{exp} \left(-\int_0^t{h_z(\tau)}d\tau \right) \textrm{ or }
\frac{dS}{dt} = -h_z S \quad \textrm{survival probability} $$

The IT model first finds the maximum of the scaled damage over time:

$$ D_{wm} = \max_{0<\tau<t} D_w(\tau) $$

And then uses the cumulative distribution of the thresholds to find the survival probability:

$$ S = 1-F(D_{wm}|m_w,\beta) \quad \textrm{survival probability} $$

This script: Long acute toxicity test for guppy (Poecilia reticulata) exposed to the insecticide dieldrin. Data from: Bedaux and Kooijman (1994), This scrip deals with the basics only; many options for post-calculations are provided in the byom_guts_extra script.


Initial things

Make sure that this script is in a directory somewhere below the BYOM folder.

clear, clear global % clear the workspace and globals
global DATA W X0mat % make the data set and initial states global variables
global glo          % allow for global parameters in structure glo
global pri zvd      % global structures for optional priors and zero-variate data
diary off           % turn of the diary function (if it is accidentaly on)
% set(0,'DefaultFigureWindowStyle','docked'); % collect all figure into one window with tab controls
set(0,'DefaultFigureWindowStyle','normal'); % separate figure windows

pathdefine % set path to the BYOM/engine directory
glo.basenm  = mfilename; % remember the filename for THIS file for the plots
glo.saveplt = 0; % save all plots as (1) Matlab figures, (2) JPEG file or (3) PDF (see all_options.txt)

The data set

Data are entered in matrix form, time in rows, scenarios (exposure concentrations) in columns. First column are the exposure times, first row are the concentrations or scenario numbers. The number in the top left of the matrix indicates how to calculate the likelihood:

% observed number of survivors, time in days, conc. in ug/L
DATA{1} = [ -1  0  3.2  5.6  10  18  32  56  100
		0     20   20   20  20  20  20  20   20
		1     20   20   20  20  18  18  17    5
		2     20   20   19  17  15   9   6    0
		3     20   20   19  15   9   2   1    0
		4     20   20   19  14   4   1   0    0
		5     20   20   18  12   4   0   0    0
		6     20   19   18   9   3   0   0    0
		7     20   18   18   8   2   0   0    0 ];

% Note: For survival data, the weights matrix W has a different meaning
% than for continuous data: it can be used to specify the number of animals
% that went missing or were removed during the experiment (enter the number
% of missing/removed animals at the time they were last seen alive in the
% test). By default, the weights matrix for survival data is filled with
% zeros.

% scaled damage, can have no observations
DATA{2} = 0;

Initial values for the state variables

Initial states, scenarios in columns, states in rows. First row are the 'names' of all scenarios.

X0mat(1,:) = DATA{1}(1,2:end);   % scenarios (concentrations)
X0mat(2,:) = 1; % initial survival probability
X0mat(3,:) = 0; % initial scaled damage

Initial values for the model parameters

Model parameters are part of a 'structure' for easy reference.

% global parameters for GUTS purposes
glo.sel  = 1; % select death mechanism: 1) SD 2) IT
glo.locD = 2; % location of scaled damage in the state variable list
glo.locS = 1; % location of survival probability in the state variable list

% syntax: = [startvalue fit(0/1) minval maxval optional:log/normal scale (0/1)];
par.kd = [0.5  1 1e-3  10  1];   % dominant rate constant, d-1 = [5    1 0     1e6 1];   % median threshold for survival (ug/L)
par.hb = [0.01 1 1e-4  1   1];   % background hazard rate (1/d) = [0.05 1 1e-4  1e6 1];   % killing rate (L/ug/d) (SD only)
par.Fs = [3    1 1     100 1];   % fraction spread of threshold distribution (IT only)

switch glo.sel % make sure that right parameters are fitted
    case 1 % for SD ...
        par.Fs(2) = 0; % never fit the threshold spread!
    case 2 % for IT ... = 0; % never fit the killing rate!

Time vector and labels for plots

Specify what to plot. If time vector glo.t is not specified, a default is used, based on the data set

% specify the y-axis labels for each state variable
glo.ylab{1} = 'survival probability';
glo.ylab{2} = ['scaled damage (',char(181),'g/L)'];
% specify the x-axis label (same for all states)
glo.xlab    = 'time (days)';
glo.leglab1 = 'conc. '; % legend label before the 'scenario' number
glo.leglab2 = [char(181),'g/L']; % legend label after the 'scenario' number

prelim_checks % script to perform some preliminary checks and set things up
% Note: prelim_checks also fills all the options (opt_...) with defauls, so
% modify options after this call, if needed.

Calculations and plotting

Here, the function is called that will do the calculation and the plotting. Options for the plotting can be set using opt_plot (see prelim_checks.m). Options for the optimsation routine can be set using opt_optim. Options for the ODE solver are part of the global glo.

For the demo, the iterations are turned off ( = 0).

glo.useode = 0; % use the analytical solution in simplefun.m (constant exposure)

% par = start_vals(par); % experimental start-value finder; use at your own risk
% % Note: in this way, start_vals will overwrite the parameter structure par! = 1; % fit the parameters (1), or don't (0)  = 0; % show iterations of the optimisation (1, default) or not (0)

% optimise and plot (fitted parameters in par_out)
par_out = calc_optim(par,opt_optim); % start the optimisation
calc_and_plot(par_out,opt_plot); % calculate model lines and plot them
Provisional goodness-of-fit measures for each data set

Results of the parameter estimation with BYOM version 4.0
   Filename      : byom_guts_start 
   Analysis date : 27-Apr-2017 (12:33) 
   Data entered  :
     data state 1: 8x8, survival data.
     data state 2: 0x0, no data.
   Search method: Nelder-Mead simplex direct search, 2 rounds. 
     The optimisation routine has converged to a solution
     Total 103 simplex iterations used to optimise. 
     Minus log-likelihood has reached the value 161.527 (AIC=331.053). 
kd         0.7911 (fit: 1, initial: 0.5) 
mw          5.205 (fit: 1, initial:  5) 
hb       0.008352 (fit: 1, initial: 0.01) 
bw        0.03761 (fit: 1, initial: 0.05) 
Fs              3 (fit: 0, initial:  3) 
Time required: 1.4 secs
Plots result from the optimised parameter values. 

Profiling the likelihood

By profiling you make robust confidence intervals for one or more of your parameters. Use the name of the parameter as it occurs in your parameter structure par above. You do not need to run the entire script before you can make a profile.

Options for the profiling can be set using opt_prof (see prelim_checks). For this demo, the level of detail of the profiling is set to 'course' and no sub-optimisations are used. However, consider these options when working on your own data (e.g., set opt_prof.subopt=10).

opt_prof.detail   = 2; % detailed (1) or a course (2) calculation
opt_prof.subopt   = 0; % number of sub-optimisations to perform to increase robustness

% % run a profile for selected parameters ...
% calc_proflik(par_out,'kd',opt_prof);  % calculate a profile
% calc_proflik(par_out,'mw',opt_prof);  % calculate a profile

% or run profiles for all fitted parameters.
95% confidence interval from the profile
kd         interval:      0.493 - 1.317 
Time required: 13.8 secs
95% confidence interval from the profile
mw         interval:      4.102 - 6.897 
Time required: 24.4 secs
95% confidence interval from the profile
hb         interval:   0.002146 - 0.02159 
Time required: 38.5 secs
95% confidence interval from the profile
bw         interval:    0.02638 - 0.05423 
Time required: 51.4 secs

Calculate LCx versus time

Here, the LCx (by default the LC50) is calculated at several time points. When sufficient points are specified, a smooth line for LCx versus time will be produced. LCx values are also printed on screen. If a sample from parameter space is available (either from the slice sampler or the likelihood region), it can be used to calculate confidence bounds.

Options for LCx (with confidence bounds) can be set using opt_lc50 (see prelim_checks).

opt_lc50.type = 0; % use the values from the slice sampler (1) or likelihood region (2) to make intervals
Tend = [1:0.2:3 3.5 4:8]; % times at which to calculate LCx, relative to control
calc_conf_lc50(par_out,Tend,opt_lc50); % calculates LCx values, CI requires that there is a mat file with sample
Calculate LCx values
LC50 (   1 days): 75.7432 
LC50 ( 1.2 days): 57.3192 
LC50 ( 1.4 days): 45.7563 
LC50 ( 1.6 days): 37.9606 
LC50 ( 1.8 days): 32.4188 
LC50 (   2 days): 28.3156 
LC50 ( 2.2 days): 25.1778 
LC50 ( 2.4 days): 22.7148 
LC50 ( 2.6 days): 20.7392 
LC50 ( 2.8 days): 19.1255 
LC50 (   3 days): 17.7868 
LC50 ( 3.5 days): 15.2778 
LC50 (   4 days): 13.5454 
LC50 (   5 days): 11.3396 
LC50 (   6 days): 10.0146 
LC50 (   7 days): 9.14071 
LC50 (   8 days): 8.52548 
No confidence intervals calculated
Time required: 52.4 secs

Other files: derivatives

To archive analyses, publishing them with Matlab is convenient. To keep track of what was done, the file derivatives.m can be included in the published result.

%% BYOM function derivatives.m (the model in ODEs)
%  Syntax: dX = derivatives(t,X,par,c)
% This function calculates the derivatives for the model system. It is
% linked to the script files <byom_guts1.html byom_guts1.m>. As input, it
% gets:
% * _t_   is the time point, provided by the ODE solver
% * _X_   is a vector with the previous value of the states
% * _par_ is the parameter structure
% * _c_   is the external concentration (or scenario number)
% Time _t_ and scenario name _c_ are handed over as single numbers by
% <call_deri.html call_deri.m> (you do not have to use them in this
% function). Output _dX_ (as vector) provides the differentials for each
% state at _t_.
% * Author: Tjalling Jager
% * Date: April 2017
% * Web support: <>
% * Back to index <walkthrough_guts1.html>

%% Start

function dX = derivatives(t,X,par,c)

global glo          % allow for global parameters in structure glo (handy for switches)

%% Unpack states
% The state variables enter this function in the vector _X_. Here, we give
% them a more handy name.

S  = X(1); % state 1 is the survival probability at previous time point
Dw = X(2); % state 2 is the scaled damage at previous time point

%% Unpack parameters
% The parameters enter this function in the structure _par_. The names in
% the structure are the same as those defined in the byom script file.
% The 1 between parentheses is needed as each parameter has 5 associated
% values.

kd   = par.kd(1);   % dominant rate constant, d-1
mw   =;   % median of threshold distribution, ug/L
bw   =;   % killing rate, L/ug/d
Fs   = par.Fs(1);   % fraction spread of threshold distribution (used in call_deri)
hb   = par.hb(1);   % background hazard rate, d-1

%% Calculate the derivatives
% This is the actual model, specified as a system of ODEs. 
% *Note:* scaled damage and background hazard are calculated here for every
% special case. However, survival is done here only for the pure SD model.
% Pure IT is calculated in <call_deri.html call_deri.m>.

dDw = kd * (c - Dw); % first order damage build-up from c (scaled)

switch glo.sel
    case 1 % stochastic death
        h  = bw * max(0,Dw-mw); % calculate the hazard rate
        dS = -(h + hb)* S;      % change in survival probability (incl. background mort.)
    case 2 % individual tolerance
        dS = -hb* S;            % only background hazard rate
        % mortality due to the chemical is included in call_deri!
    case 3
        error('Use the GUTS models in the "full" or "reduced" folder for the IT+SD model!')

dX = [dS;dDw]; % collect both derivatives in one vector

Other files: call_deri

To archive analyses, publishing them with Matlab is convenient. To keep track of what was done, the file call_deri.m can be included in the published result.

%% BYOM function call_deri.m (calculates the model output)
%  Syntax: [Xout TE] = call_deri(t,par,X0v)
% This function calls the ODE solver to solve the system of differential
% equations specified in <derivatives.html derivatives.m>, or the explicit
% function(s) in <simplefun.html simplefun.m>. As input, it gets:
% * _t_   the time vector
% * _par_ the parameter structure
% * _X0v_   a vector with initial states and one concentration (scenario number)
% The output _Xout_ provides a matrix with time in rows, and states in
% columns. This function calls <derivatives.html derivatives.m>. The
% optional output _TE_ is the time at which an event takes place (specified
% using the events function). The events function is set up to catch
% discontinuities. It should be specified according to the problem you are
% simulating. If you want to use parameters that are (or influence) initial
% states, they have to be included in this function.
% * Author: Tjalling Jager
% * Date: April 2017
% * Web support: <>
% * Back to index <walkthrough_guts1.html>

%% Start

function [Xout TE] = call_deri(t,par,X0v)

global glo   % allow for global parameters in structure glo
global zvd   % global structure for zero-variate data

%% Initial settings
% This part extracts optional settings for the ODE solver that can be set
% in the main script (defaults are set in prelim_checks). The useode option
% decides whether to calculate the model results using the ODEs in
% <derivatives.html derivatives.m>, or the analytical solution in
% <simplefun.html simplefun.m>. Using eventson=1 turns on the events
% handling. Also modify the sub-function at the bottom of this function!
% Further in this section, initial values can be determined by a parameter
% (overwrite parts of X0), and zero-variate data can be calculated. See the
% example BYOM files for more information.

useode   = glo.useode; % calculate model using ODE solver (1) or analytical solution (0)
eventson = glo.eventson; % events function on (1) or off (0)
stiff    = glo.stiff; % set to 1 to use a stiff solver instead of the standard one

% Unpack the vector X0v, which is X0mat for one scenario
X0 = X0v(2:end); % these are the intitial states for a scenario

%% Calculations
% This part calls the ODE solver (or the explicit model in <simplefun.html
% simplefun.m>) to calculate the output (the value of the state variables
% over time). There is generally no need to modify this part. The solver
% ode45 generally works well. For stiff problems, the solver might become
% very slow; you can try ode15s instead.

c  = X0v(1);     % the concentration (or scenario number)
t  = t(:);       % force t to be a row vector (needed when useode=0)

% specify options for the ODE solver
options = odeset; % start with default options
if eventson == 1
    options = odeset(options, 'Events',@eventsfun); % add an events function
options = odeset(options, 'RelTol',1e-4,'AbsTol',1e-7); % specify tightened tolerances
options = odeset(options,'InitialStep',max(t)/1000,'MaxStep',max(t)/100); % specify smaller stepsize
% smaller stepsize is a good idea for pulsed exposures; otherwise, stepsize
% may become so large that a pulse is missed completely

TE = 0; % dummy for time of events

% For the GUTS packages, we need a long time vector for IT and for 'proper
% GUTS' (SD and IT combined). For the IT this is needed when damage can
% also decrease in time: we have to find the maximum of the damage over
% time. For the proper model, we need to numerically integrate the hazard
% rate over time here. If the time span of the data set or simulation is
% very long, consider increasing the size of t below.
t_rem = t; % remember the original time vector
if glo.sel ~= 1 && length(t)<100
    t = unique([t;(linspace(min(t),max(t),100))']);

if useode == 1 % use the ODE solver to calculate the solution
    % call the ODE solver (use ode15s for stiff problems, escpecially for pulses)
    if isempty(options.Events) % if no events function is specified ...
        switch stiff
            case 0
                [~,Xout] = ode45(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
            case 1
                [~,Xout] = ode113(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
            case 2
                [~,Xout] = ode15s(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
    else % with an events functions ... additional output arguments for events:
        % TE catches the time of an event, YE the states at the event, and IE the number of the event
        switch stiff
            case 0
                [~,Xout,TE,YE,IE] = ode45(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
            case 1
                [~,Xout,TE,YE,IE] = ode113(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
            case 2
                [~,Xout,TE,YE,IE] = ode15s(@derivatives,t,X0,options,par,c);
else % alternatively, use an explicit function provided in simplefun!
    Xout = simplefun(t,X0,par,c);

if isempty(TE) || all(TE == 0) % if there is no event caught
    TE = +inf; % return infinity

%% Output mapping
% _Xout_ contains a row for each state variable. It can be mapped to the
% data. If you need to transform the model values to match the data, do it
% here. 
% Stochastic death is calculated in simplefun.m or in derivatives.m
% directly. For the individual tolerance calculation, we need a few extra
% things here.

% Note that for IT, a long time vector will be generated above, which is
% needed to catch the maximum dose metric over time during pulsed exposure.
if glo.sel == 2 % for individual tolerance ...
    mw    =;  % median of thhreshold distribution, ug/L
    Fs    = par.Fs(1);  % fraction spread of the threshold distribution
    Dw = Xout(:,glo.locD);    % take the correct state variable as scaled damage
    % Dw(Dw<=0) = 1e-20;       % take care scaled damage <= 0 (probably not needed)
    maxDw = zeros(size(Dw)); % intitialise a new vector for maximum Dw over time
    for j = 1:length(t), % this section makes sure that Dw does not decrease in time (dead animals dont become alive)
        % Note: for IT, the time vector will always be long (see above)
        maxDw(j,:) = max(Dw(1:j,:)); % so look for max of Dw over time
    % Log-logistic distribution is used for GUTS-IT
    beta = log(39)/log(Fs); % translate Fs to beta
    S = (1 ./ (1+(maxDw/mw).^beta)) .* Xout(:,glo.locS); % survival probability
    % the survival due to the chemical is multiplied with the background
    % survival (calculated in derivatives), assuming logistic distrib.

    Xout(:,glo.locS) = S; % replace correct state by newly calculated survival prob.
    [~,loct] = ismember(t_rem,t); % find where the requested time points are in the long Xout
    Xout = Xout(loct,:); % only keep the ones we asked for

%% Events function
% Modify this part of the code if _eventson_=1. 
% This subfunction catches the 'events': in this case, it looks for the
% internal concentration where the threshold is exceeded (only when
% useode=1). This only makes sense for SD.
% Note that the eventsfun has the same inputs, in the same sequence, as
% <derivatives.html derivatives.m>.

function [value,isterminal,direction] = eventsfun(t,X,par,c)

global glo

mw      =; % median for thresholds
nevents = 1;         % number of events that we try to catch

value      = zeros(nevents,1); % initialise with zeros
value(1)   = X(glo.locD) - mw; % thing to follow is damage minus threshold
isterminal = zeros(nevents,1); % do NOT stop the solver at an event
direction  = zeros(nevents,1); % catch ALL zero crossing when function is increasing or decreasing