Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2013, Article ID 537207, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/537207

## A New Method for Parameter Sensitivity Analysis of Lorenz Equations

Department of Mathematics, Bilecik Seyh Edebali University, 11210 Bilecik, Turkey

Received 24 June 2013; Accepted 18 August 2013

Academic Editor: C. M. Khalique

Copyright © 2013 Mehmet Ali Akinlar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

A new method for parameter sensitivity analysis of Lorenz equations is presented. The sensitivity equations are derived based on the staggered methods. Experimental results indicate that it is possible to determine effects of parameters on model variables so that we can eliminate the less effective ones. Robustness can also be verified in some confidence intervals by simply looking at the corresponding phase portraits. This enables us to control the system. Although the stability properties of the Lorenz equations are studied extensively, to the best knowledge of the authors, the PSA of Lorenz equations has not been considered which is the main goal of this paper.

#### 1. Introduction

Parameter sensitivity analysis (PSA) of large-scale differential algebraic systems is important in many engineering and scientific applications, including biology, chemistry, and economics. Problems such as population dynamics, network modeling, and chemical reactors coming from different branches of science have many parameters whose values may not be known accurately. Infinitesimal changes in most of these model input parameters change the future behavior of the systems partially or completely. Consequently, one can observe an uncontrolled and chaotic behavior of the system. In the present day, one has an opportunity to adjust these parameter values accordingly and make some list of parameters with respect to their effect on model. For instance, if a parameter is less effective than the other parameters, the designer of the model can eliminate that parameter. The analysis of this effectiveness is called * parameter sensitivity analysis*. Consequently, algorithms which perform PSA in an efficient and rapid manner are invaluable to researchers in many fields.

In this paper, a new method for parameter sensitivity analysis of Lorenz equations is presented. The sensitivity equations are derived based on the staggered methods. Experimental results indicate that it is possible to determine effects of parameters on model variables so that we can eliminate the less effective ones. Robustness can also be verified in some confidence intervals by simply looking at the corresponding phase portraits. This enables us to control the system. Although the stability properties of the Lorenz equations are studied extensively, to the best knowledge of the authors, the PSA of Lorenz equations has not been considered which is the main goal of this paper.

The structure of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, we overview the concept of parameter sensitivity analysis. In Sections 3 and 4, we study the chaotic and sensitivity analysis of Lorenz equations. We complete the paper by some simulation results.

#### 2. Parameter Sensitivity Analysis

It is difficult to construct a model without any parameter. In fact, in reality, the problems coming from different branches of science such as engineering, biology, ecology, and meteorology have many parameters. With the help of faster computers of today, one has a chance to adjust them and make some list of parameters with respect to their effect on model. If a parameter is less effective than the others we, the designer of the model, can eliminate it. The analysis of this effectiveness is called “sensitivity.” When qualitative estimates of sensitivity are desired, a mathematical model of phenomena is desired or at least a relationship is required. Infinitesimal changes in all (or some) of the model input parameters change the future of mathematical design partially or completely (in some cases). The important thing here is the sensitivity of a single component compared to other input variables changed a little bit simultaneously. By saying single component we mean the parameters in the model whose values may not be accurately known. However, such a model brings the questions concerning stability, optimality, sensitivity, and so forth. In this work we concentrated on only the sensitivity analysis of a concrete example, namely, Lorenz equations.

PSA generates essential information for parameter estimation, optimization, control, model simplification, and experimental design. In the literature, staggered direct method, simultaneous corrector method, adjoint method, and staggered corrector method are some of the well-known methods for parameter sensitivity analysis. We can give [1] as a general reference for most of these methods. Some popular software packages for the same task can be listed as ASAP, DASPK, and DASKADJOINT.

In the theory of PSA, another important concept is the index structure which could be defined as the number of differentiations needed for transforming a DAE to an ODE. Intuitively, it is clear that all ODEs have index . What defines the index is up to the constraints given in systems. For example, let us consider a simple predator-prey model where is differentiable. Taking derivative of constraint equality, we get , and . Hence, new ODEs are given as To obtain this, it takes one differentiation. Thus, the model has index .

In order to capture the main idea of the PSA, let us consider the general form of the parameter-dependent DAEs given by where and .

It is not always the case but assume that we have index or DAEs and convert (3) to explicit form of ODEs: where .

Sensitivity analysis requires the calculation of the term, namely, , defined as the derivative of with respect to ; that is, . Since we are interested in partial derivatives, we can treat one parameter after another, while keeping the remaining ones fixed. Therefore, the derivative of (4) with respect to parameter is Replacing into the right-hand side of (5), the th sensitivity equation becomes Since we have , the previous process introduces additional differential equations. Finally, defining a new variable where we write The initial condition takes the form

#### 3. Lorenz Equations

The Lorenz equations invented by E. N. Lorenz, a meteorologist and a pioneer of chaos theory, are typical examples of equations for system of differential algebraic equations that can be written as where is Rayleigh number, is Prandtl number corresponding to temperature difference between two horizontal plates in convection problem, and is a positive number. These equations arise in studies of convection and instability in planetary atmospheres, models of lasers and dynamos, and so forth. Although the stability and bifurcation properties of the Lorenz equations are studied in the literature [2, 3], to the best knowledge of the authors, the parameter sensitivity analysis of Lorenz equations has not been considered so far which is the main goal of this paper.

The Lorenz equations are nonlinear due to the terms and . They are also symmetric equations, because the equations are invariant under . Thus, if is a solution of Lorenz equations, so is . System of the Lorenz equations is dissipative. In other words, volumes in phase-space contract under the flow and and are usually known as dissipation parameters. Next, we compute the fixed points of Lorenz equations. Letting each term of (11) be equal to , that is, letting , we get the following identities: which implies that is a fixed point of the Lorenz equations. If , then from the appropriate ones of the previous equations we obtain , which gives us by bearing in mind that . If , then and that are the fixed-points of Lorenz equations. While , these equations generate a so-called pitchfork bifurcation. Now, we are making behavior analysis of these fixed points. Depending on the parameter , we have three critical points; namely,

In this study, behaviors dependent on initial conditions are not studied, and they are fixed as , , and . In the following figures different trajectories are given with respect to different values.

The behavior in Figure 1 continues up to a value of . After that, it becomes more complicated and chaotic; for example, for some periodic and aperiodic motions are observed as seen in Figure 2.

Further explanations of these and stability features of Lorenz equations might be seen, for instance, at [4]. In the next section, we study parameter sensitivity analysis of Lorenz equations.

#### 4. Parameter Sensitivity Analysis of Lorenz Equations

Let us write the Lorenz equations having some initial conditions in the following way:

Our new variable defined in (7) is given as follows: where

Finally, the sensitivity equations take the form

Note that the initial conditions do not depend on parameters, so the new initial conditions for all . In other words, the initial conditions for the new variable are given as

In the next section we are making some simulations in order to visualize the results.

#### 5. Computational Results

In order to visualize the results, we made many different simulations as phase portraits, sensitivity analysis, and relation between the components. In this section, we present only some of the simulation results.

After integrating the sensitivity equations, we get ’s as a function of time so that one can analyze the change in the solution with respect to perturbations in the parameters. In these experiments, for time interval , we solved the system by Matlab ODE solver, namely, ode45, based on an explicit Runge-Kutta Method. After integrating the sensitivity equations, we get ’s as a function of time so that one can analyze the sensitivity in phase portraits.

For , the qualitative behaviors of the system might be seen in Figure 3.

Before entering the chaotic region which starts from the value , all nine sensitivity components demonstrate the same behavior. For example, taking , we have well stable solutions, but the relation between the sensitivity variables is highly nonlinear, that is, a significantly important result for this well-known system. This is illustrated in Figure 4.

Remember that and represent sensitivity components of with respect to and . Figure 4(b) tells us that altering and in a simultaneous manner can affect the controllability of the system completely. In Figure 5, phase portrait for and is given.

In the chaotic region, what happened to the sensitivity equations is that, first, they seemed to be very complicated and irregular when they are considered as a function of time as seen in Figure 6.

However, in the phase portraits of and , we obtained a completely linear relation between them as seen in Figure 7.

#### 6. Conclusion

When qualitative estimates of sensitivity are desired, a mathematical model of phenomena is desired or at least a relationship is required. However, such a model brings the questions concerning stability, optimality, sensitivity, and so forth. In this work, we concentrated only on the PSA of Lorenz equations. As we saw in the small application, it is possible to determine effects of parameters on model variables so that we can eliminate the less effective ones. Robustness can also be verified in some confidence intervals by just looking at the phase portraits. This enables us to control the system. This method is efficient if the number of variables is much more than that of the parameters. In a future work, we plan to study PSA for Van der Pool equations.

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