Another way to parameterize an ODE - nested function

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Matlab post We saw one method to parameterize an ODE, by creating an ode function that takes an extra parameter argument, and then making a function handle that has the syntax required for the solver, and passes the parameter the ode function.

Here we define the ODE function in a loop. Since the nested function is in the namespace of the main function, it can “see” the values of the variables in the main function. We will use this method to look at the solution to the van der Pol equation for several different values of mu.

import numpy as np
from scipy.integrate import odeint
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

MU = [0.1, 1, 2, 5]
tspan = np.linspace(0, 100, 5000)
Y0 = [0, 3]

for mu in MU:
    # define the ODE
    def vdpol(Y, t):
        x,y = Y
        dxdt = y
        dydt = -x + mu * (1 - x**2) * y
        return  [dxdt, dydt]
    Y = odeint(vdpol, Y0, tspan)
    x = Y[:,0]; y = Y[:,1]
    plt.plot(x, y, label='mu={0:1.2f}'.format(mu))


You can see the solution changes dramatically for different values of mu. The point here is not to understand why, but to show an easy way to study a parameterize ode with a nested function. Nested functions can be a great way to “share” variables between functions especially for ODE solving, and nonlinear algebra solving, or any other application where you need a lot of parameters defined in one function in another function.

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