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Saving solution to differential equation from previous time point and carry over to next time point

From: Tommy Li <tommyli>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:34:16 +0000

I am currently developing a nonmem model that attempt to correlate binary
endpoint with binary endpoint from previous time point. This requires me to
save solution to differential at a time record (for example TIME = 1) so
that I can use that value (solution at TIME = 1) and perform computation at
the next TIME record (TIME =2 for example). Essentially, I need to A(3)t=1
and A(3)t=2 at TIME=2, where A(3) represent integrated solution of the
differential equation specified in the nonmem model.

In my data, i have current TIME record as well as TIME_, which represent
previous time value. In addition, I have DV and DV_, which represent
current and previous observations. I want to calculate the effect (PBDREF)
at current time as well as effect (PBDREF_) at previous time. For PBDREF_,
i need value A(3) at previous time (A(3)Previous).

example data structure:

I came up with the following code but I am not sure if it will work:
I have a PK model and an effect compartment described by DADT(3)

DADT(1) = -KA * A(1)
DADT(2) = KA * A(1) - CL/V * A(2)
CP = A(2)/V
DADT(3) = KIN * (1 - (CP/(IC50+CP))) - KOUT * A(3)


..... ## Theta declarations

"I = 0
"I = I+1
"I = I+1
"A3(I) = A(3)


What I want to do with the code is to save the values of A(3) in an array
(A3). By saving the values of A(3) in order and using the indexing variable
I, I would be able to recall previous value of A(3) from A3 by doing:
A3(I-1). The first conditional statements is to test if the current time
point is the first record of an individual. In that case, the indexing
variable I is reset. Second conditional statement is to test the case where
previous time is 0 and there is no observation at time 0. In that case,
PBDREF and PBDREF_ will be both be current value. In the last conditional
statement, PBDREF is assigned value based on A(3)'s current value while
PBDREF is assigned value based on A(3)'s previous value, extracted from the
array A3.

What I am not sure is whether the declared variable (A3 and I) will stick
around, since it appears to me that these two variable is redeclared as
nonmem move through data record. In that case, redeclaring those variable
would likely erase the values stored in them. I tried to only declaring (A3
and I) when nonmem is at the first record of an individual by moving the
declaration under the first conditional statement. However, fortran doesn't
seem to allow that. This there a way to declare persistent variables such
that my code would work as intended?

Thank you
Tommy Li

Received on Thu Oct 22 2015 - 13:34:16 EDT

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