Computing the Minimum-Distance Distribution Function

The main function of the ComplexMixtures package actually computes the MDDF between the solute and the solvent chosen.

It is run with the following command:

results = mddf(trajectory, Options(bulk_range=(10.0, 15.0)))  

The MDDF along with other results, like the corresponding KB integrals, are returned in the results data structure, which is described in the next section.

It is possible to tune several options of the calculation, by setting the Options data structure with user-defined values in advance. The most common parameters to be set by the user are bulk_range and stride.

stride defines if some frames will be skip during the calculation (for speedup). For example, if stride=5, only one in five frames will be considered. Adjust stride with:

options = Options(stride=5, bulk_range=(10.0, 15.0))
results = mddf(trajectory, options)

bulk_range defines the subset of the system, as defined according to a range of distances from the solute, that are to be considered as the bulk solution. Within this range of distances, the user believes that the reference solute molecule does not significantly affect anymore the structure of the solvent.

By default, all molecules above 10 Angstroms from the solute are considered bulk molecules (corresponding to Options(dbulk=10.0)), but it is highly recommended to use a manual definition of bulk_range.

The definition of a range of distances within the system to compute the bulk density is adequate because this system subset is then an open system with a solvent molecule reservoir. The adequate choice of bulk_range can be inspected by the proper convergence of the distribution functions (which must converge to 1.0) and a proper convergence of the KB integrals.

The bulk_range option was introduced in version 2.1.0.

See the Options section for further details and other options to set.

Reference functions

coordination_number(trajectory::Trajectory, options::Options)

Computes the coordination numbers for each solute molecule in the trajectory, given the Trajectory. This is an auxiliary function of the ComplexMixtures package, which is used to compute coordination numbers when the normalization of the distribution is not possible or needed.

The output is a Result structure, which contains the data as the result of a call to mddf, except that all counters which require normalization of the distribution will be zero. In summary, this result data structure can be used to compute the coordination numbers, but not the MDDF, RDF, or KB integrals.


julia> trajectory = Trajectory("./trajectory.dcd",solute,solvent);

julia> results = mddf(trajectory);

julia> coordination_numbers = coordination_number(trajectory);
    frame_weights = Float64[], 
    coordination_number_only = false

Computes the minimum-distance distribution function, atomic contributions, and KB integrals, given the Trajectory structure of the simulation and, optionally, parameters given as a second argument of the Options type. This is the main function of the ComplexMixtures package.

The options parameter is optional. If not set, the default Options() structure will be used.

Optional execution keywords

The frame_weights keyword is an array of weights for each frame of the trajectory. If this is provided, the MDDF will be computed as a weighted average of the MDDFs of each frame. This can be used to study the solvation dependency in perturbed ensembles.

The coordination_number_only, is a boolean that, if set to true, will compute only the site-counts and coordination numbers of the solvent molecules around the solute, and not the MDDF, RDF, or KB integrals. This is useful when the normalization of the distribution is not possible or needed, for instance when the bulk solutio is not properly defined. The computation is much faster in this case.


julia> trajectory = Trajectory("./trajectory.dcd",solute,solvent);

julia> results = mddf(trajectory, Options(bulk_range=(10.0, 15.0)));

or, to set some other custom optional parameters,

julia> options = Options(lastframe=1000, bulk_range=(10.0, 15.0));

julia> results = mddf(trajectory, options);