EDS

This is part of the eds module | |

It is only available if you configure PLUMED with ./configure –enable-modules=eds . Furthermore, this feature is still being developed so take care when using it and report any problems on the mailing list. |

Add a linear bias on a set of observables.

This force is the same as the linear part of the bias in RESTRAINT, but this bias has the ability to compute the prefactors adaptively using the scheme of White and Voth [136] in order to match target observable values for a set of CVs. Further updates to the algorithm are described in [63] and you can read a review on the method and its applications here: [2].

You can see a tutorial on EDS specifically for biasing coordination number at Andrew White's webpage.

The addition to the potential is of the form

\[ \sum_i \frac{\alpha_i}{s_i} x_i \]

where for CV \(x_i\), a coupling constant \({\alpha}_i\) is determined adaptively or set by the user to match a target value for \(x_i\). \(s_i\) is a scale parameter, which by default is set to the target value. It may also be set separately.

- Warning
- It is not possible to set the target value of the observable to zero with the default value of \(s_i\) as this will cause a divide-by-zero error. Instead, set \(s_i=1\) or modify the CV so the desired target value is no longer zero.

Notice that a similar method is available as MAXENT, although with different features and using a different optimization algorithm.

- Virial

The bias forces modify the virial and this can change your simulation density if the bias is used in an NPT simulation. One way to avoid changing the virial contribution from the bias is to add the keyword VIRIAL=1.0, which changes how the bias is computed to minimize its contribution to the virial. This can also lead to smaller magnitude biases that are more robust if transferred to other systems. VIRIAL=1.0 can be a reasonable starting point and increasing the value changes the balance between matching the set-points and minimizing the virial. See [2] for details on the equations. Since the coupling constants are unique with a single CV, VIRIAL is not applicable with a single CV. When used with multiple CVs, the CVs should be correlated which is almost always the case.

- Weighting

EDS computes means and variances as part of its algorithm. If you are also using a biasing method like metadynamics, you may wish to remove the effect of this bias in your EDS computations so that EDS works on the canonical values (reweighted to be unbiased). For example, you may be using metadynamics to bias a dihedral angle to enhance sampling and be using EDS to set the average distance between two particular atoms. Specifically:

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# set-up metadynamicst:TORSIONATOMS=1,2,3,4the four atoms involved in the torsional anglemd:METADARG=dthe input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.SIGMA=0.2compulsory keywordthe widths of the Gaussian hillsHEIGHT=0.3the heights of the Gaussian hills.PACE=500compulsory keywordthe frequency for hill additionTEMP=300 # compute bias weightsthe system temperature - this is only needed if you are doing well-tempered metadynamicsbias:REWEIGHT_METADTEMP=300 # now do EDS on distance while removing effect of metadynamicsthe system temperature.d:DISTANCEATOMS=4,7the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dCENTER=3.0The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.PERIOD=100Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=300The system temperature.LOGWEIGHTS=Add weights to use for computing statistics.bias

This is an approximation though because EDS uses a finite samples while running to get means/variances. At the end of a run, you should ensure this approach worked and indeed your reweighted CV matches the target value.

- Examples

The following input for a harmonic oscillator of two beads will adaptively find a linear bias to change the mean and variance to the target values. The PRINT line shows how to access the value of the coupling constants.

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dist:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2 # this is the squared of the distancethe pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.dist2:COMBINEARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.distPOWERS=2compulsory keyword ( default=1.0 )the powers to which you are raising each of the arguments in your functionPERIODIC=NO # bias mean and variancecompulsory keywordif the output of your function is periodic then you should specify the periodicity of the function.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dist,dist2CENTER=2.0,1.0The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.PERIOD=100Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=1.0 PRINTThe system temperature.ARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dist,dist2,eds.dist_coupling,eds.dist2_coupling,eds.bias,eds.force2FILE=colvars.datthe name of the file on which to output these quantitiesSTRIDE=100compulsory keyword ( default=1 )the frequency with which the quantities of interest should be output

Rather than trying to find the coupling constants adaptively, one can ramp up to a constant value.

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dist:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.dist2:COMBINEARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.distPOWERS=2compulsory keyword ( default=1.0 )the powers to which you are raising each of the arguments in your functionPERIODIC=NO # ramp couplings from 0,0 to -1,1 over 50000 stepscompulsory keywordif the output of your function is periodic then you should specify the periodicity of the function.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dist,dist2CENTER=2.0,1.0The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.FIXED=-1,1compulsory keyword ( default=0 )Fixed target values for coupling constant.RAMP( default=off ) Slowly increase bias constant to a fixed valuePERIOD=50000Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=1.0 # same as above, except starting at -0.5,0.5 rather than default of 0,0The system temperature.eds2:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dist,dist2The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.FIXED=-1,1compulsory keyword ( default=0 )Fixed target values for coupling constant.INIT=-0.5,0.5compulsory keyword ( default=0 )Starting value for coupling constantRAMP( default=off ) Slowly increase bias constant to a fixed valuePERIOD=50000Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=1.0The system temperature.

A restart file can be added to dump information needed to restart/continue simulation using these parameters every PERIOD.

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dist:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.dist2:COMBINEARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.distPOWERS=2compulsory keyword ( default=1.0 )the powers to which you are raising each of the arguments in your functionPERIODIC=NO # add the option to write to a restart filecompulsory keywordif the output of your function is periodic then you should specify the periodicity of the function.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.dist,dist2The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.PERIOD=100Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=1.0The system temperature.OUT_RESTART=checkpoint.edsOutput file for all information needed to continue EDS simulation.

The first few lines of the restart file that is output if we run a calculation with one CV will look something like this:

#! FIELDS time d1_center d1_set d1_target d1_coupling d1_maxrange d1_maxgrad d1_accum d1_mean d1_std #! SET adaptive 1 #! SET update_period 1 #! SET seed 0 #! SET kbt 2.4943 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 7.4830 0.1497 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 7.4830 0.1497 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 2.0000 1.0000 -7.4830 0.0000 0.0000 7.4830 0.1497 0.0224 0.0000 0.0000 3.0000 1.0000 -7.4830 0.0000 -7.4830 7.4830 0.1497 0.0224 0.0000 0.0000 4.0000 1.0000 -7.4830 0.0000 -7.4830 7.4830 0.1497 0.0224 0.0000 0.0000

Read in a previous restart file. Adding RESTART flag makes output append

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d1:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.d1The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.PERIOD=100Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or rampingTEMP=1.0The system temperature.IN_RESTART=restart.edsRead this file to continue an EDS simulation.RESTART=YESallows per-action setting of restart (YES/NO/AUTO)

Read in a previous restart file and freeze the bias at the final level from the previous simulation

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d1:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.d1The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.TEMP=1.0The system temperature.IN_RESTART=restart.edsRead this file to continue an EDS simulation.FREEZE( default=off ) Fix bias at current level (only used for restarting).

Read in a previous restart file and freeze the bias at the mean from the previous simulation

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d1:DISTANCEATOMS=1,2the pair of atom that we are calculating the distance between.eds:EDSARG=the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions.d1The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing.TEMP=1.0The system temperature.IN_RESTART=restart.edsRead this file to continue an EDS simulation.FREEZE( default=off ) Fix bias at current level (only used for restarting).MEAN( default=off ) Instead of using final bias level from restart, use average.

- Glossary of keywords and components

- Description of components

By default this Action calculates the following quantities. These quantities can be referenced elsewhere in the input by using this Action's label followed by a dot and the name of the quantity required from the list below.

Quantity | Description |

bias | the instantaneous value of the bias potential |

force2 | squared value of force from the bias |

pressure | If using virial keyword, this is the current sum of virial terms. It is in units of pressure (energy / vol^3) |

_coupling | For each named CV biased, there will be a corresponding output CV_coupling storing the current linear bias prefactor. |

- Compulsory keywords

RANGE | ( default=25.0 ) The (starting) maximum increase in coupling constant per PERIOD (in \(k_B T\)/[BIAS_SCALE unit]) for each CV based |

SEED | ( default=0 ) Seed for random order of changing bias |

INIT | ( default=0 ) Starting value for coupling constant |

FIXED | ( default=0 ) Fixed target values for coupling constant. Non-adaptive. |

LM_MIXING | ( default=1 ) Initial mixing parameter when using Levenberg-Marquadt minimization. |

- Options

NUMERICAL_DERIVATIVES | ( default=off ) calculate the derivatives for these quantities numerically |

LM | ( default=off ) Use Levenberg-Marquadt algorithm along with simultaneous keyword. Otherwise use gradient descent. |

RAMP | ( default=off ) Slowly increase bias constant to a fixed value |

COVAR | ( default=off ) Utilize the covariance matrix when updating the bias. Default Off, but may be enabled due to other options |

FREEZE | ( default=off ) Fix bias at current level (only used for restarting). |

MEAN | ( default=off ) Instead of using final bias level from restart, use average. Can only be used in conjunction with FREEZE |

ARG | the input for this action is the scalar output from one or more other actions. The particular scalars that you will use are referenced using the label of the action. If the label appears on its own then it is assumed that the Action calculates a single scalar value. The value of this scalar is thus used as the input to this new action. If * or *.* appears the scalars calculated by all the proceeding actions in the input file are taken. Some actions have multi-component outputs and each component of the output has a specific label. For example a DISTANCE action labelled dist may have three components x, y and z. To take just the x component you should use dist.x, if you wish to take all three components then use dist.*.More information on the referencing of Actions can be found in the section of the manual on the PLUMED Getting Started. Scalar values can also be referenced using POSIX regular expressions as detailed in the section on Regular Expressions. To use this feature you you must compile PLUMED with the appropriate flag. You can use multiple instances of this keyword i.e. ARG1, ARG2, ARG3... |

CENTER | The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing. This is for fixed centers |

CENTER_ARG | The desired centers (equilibrium values) which will be sought during the adaptive linear biasing. CENTER_ARG is for calculated centers, e.g. from a CV or analysis. |

PERIOD | Steps over which to adjust bias for adaptive or ramping |

BIAS_SCALE | A divisor to set the units of the bias. If not set, this will be the CENTER value by default (as is done in White and Voth 2014). |

TEMP | The system temperature. If not provided will be taken from MD code (if available) |

MULTI_PROP | What proportion of dimensions to update at each step. Must be in interval [1,0), where 1 indicates all and any other indicates a stochastic update. If not set, default is 1 / N, where N is the number of CVs. |

VIRIAL | Add an update penalty for having non-zero virial contributions. Only makes sense with multiple correlated CVs. |

LOGWEIGHTS | Add weights to use for computing statistics. For example, if biasing with metadynamics. |

RESTART_FMT | the format that should be used to output real numbers in EDS restarts |

OUT_RESTART | Output file for all information needed to continue EDS simulation. If you have the RESTART directive set (global or for EDS), this file will be appended to. Note that the header will be printed again if appending. |

IN_RESTART | Read this file to continue an EDS simulation. If same as OUT_RESTART and you have not set the RESTART directive, the file will be backed-up and overwritten with new output. If you do have the RESTART flag set and it is the same name as OUT_RESTART, this file will be appended. |

RESTART | allows per-action setting of restart (YES/NO/AUTO) |