Sensitivity analysis is conducted to check output variations when a parameter is changed. This post is to show how to conduct sensitivity analysis using rapsimng package using factorial simulations.

We use the base phyllochron as an example to demonstrate how to generate a new apsimx file from a template.

The base phyllochron is a key parameter for wheat phelonogy and leaf appearance rate. The range of base phyllochron is from 60 to 130 degree days.

The data.frame requires three columns (i.e. parameter, value, name) and multiple parameters can be specified here.

phyllochron_para <- tibble(parameter = "[Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue", 
                           value = seq(60, 130, by = 1)) %>% 
  mutate(name = paste0("Cultivar", seq_len(n())))
#> # A tibble: 6 x 3
#>   parameter                                          value name     
#>   <chr>                                              <dbl> <chr>    
#> 1 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    60 Cultivar1
#> 2 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    61 Cultivar2
#> 3 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    62 Cultivar3
#> 4 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    63 Cultivar4
#> 5 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    64 Cultivar5
#> 6 [Phenology].Phyllochron.BasePhyllochron.FixedValue    65 Cultivar6

The template is an apsimx file setup for the actual experiment or the specified environments (i.e. locations, sowing date or years). I assume there is a factor Cv for culivar in the Permutation model which specified the cultivar by [Sowing].Script.CultivarName.

template <- read_apsimx(system.file("wheat.apsimx", package = "rapsimng"))

update_cultivar can be used to add the list of cultivars in the Replacements. The Specification in the Permutation.Cv can be replace with new values.

template <- update_cultivar(template, phyllochron_para)

node <- search_path(template, "[Permutation].Cv")    
if (length(node) == 0) {
  stop("[Permutation].Cv is not found")
new_value <- paste0("\\1", paste(phyllochron_para$name, collapse = ","))
node$node$Specification <- gsub("(.+ *= *)(.+)$", new_value, node$node$Specification)

#> [1] "[Sowing].Script.CultivarName = Cultivar1,Cultivar2,Cultivar3,Cultivar4,Cultivar5,Cultivar6,Cultivar7,Cultivar8,Cultivar9,Cultivar10,Cultivar11,Cultivar12,Cultivar13,Cultivar14,Cultivar15,Cultivar16,Cultivar17,Cultivar18,Cultivar19,Cultivar20,Cultivar21,Cultivar22,Cultivar23,Cultivar24,Cultivar25,Cultivar26,Cultivar27,Cultivar28,Cultivar29,Cultivar30,Cultivar31,Cultivar32,Cultivar33,Cultivar34,Cultivar35,Cultivar36,Cultivar37,Cultivar38,Cultivar39,Cultivar40,Cultivar41,Cultivar42,Cultivar43,Cultivar44,Cultivar45,Cultivar46,Cultivar47,Cultivar48,Cultivar49,Cultivar50,Cultivar51,Cultivar52,Cultivar53,Cultivar54,Cultivar55,Cultivar56,Cultivar57,Cultivar58,Cultivar59,Cultivar60,Cultivar61,Cultivar62,Cultivar63,Cultivar64,Cultivar65,Cultivar66,Cultivar67,Cultivar68,Cultivar69,Cultivar70,Cultivar71"

template <- replace_model(template, node$path, node$node)

Finally the new model can be write into file system and run with APSIM NG. Uncomment the sections below, update the path to Models.exe.

# write_apsimx(template, "new-path.apsimx")
# models_path <- "path-to-Models.exe"
# run_models(models_path, sim_name, csv = TRUE, parallel = FALSE)

The example in this post can be modified into parallel codes for sensivity analysis in the large scales.