The Infobiotics Workbench allows you to perform stochastic simulations of your models. In this tutorial we will use our running example based on autoregulation to illustrate this feature. Alternatively, you can see our video tutorial.
Click on the Simulation tab located on the upper menu bar of the infobiotics dashboard to start up the dialog window below that will allow you to specify your simulation parameters.
The rest of the input parameters will be set to their default values in our example. Your simulation dialog window should look similar to the one below:
Other simulations parameters involving output and some spatial properties can be specified. Although they are not relevant in our running example they can be of interest for your models, see our documentation for more details.
You can save your simulation parameters by clicking on the Save button located on the upper menu bar of the simulation dialog window. These can be loaded in order to reproduce your simulation settings by clicking on the Load button and choosing the file containing your parameters.
In order to run your simulations click on the Perform button located at the bottom of the window. A progress bar will pop up to inform you that the simulations are running correctly. Once the simulations are over the following tab will appear on the main window to allow you to plot the results.
In our running example we can see the average evolution of protein1 molecules over time in three bacteria from the different colonies respresenting gene unregulated expression, positive autoregulation and negative autoregulation. In order to obtain a graph with this information choose All from the Runs panel on your left, protien1 from the Species panel at the center and three bacteria (for example NARbacterium (30,5), PARbacterium (21,10) and UnRegbacterium (4,3)) from the Compartments panel on your right. Finally, click on the first button located at the bottom right corner of the plotting window. A window with three different graphs will appear. You can combine these graphs to produce the figure below by selecting them (holding the key Ctrl) and clicking on the Combine button.
You can also see the spatio-temporal evolution of the number of protein1 molecules over the entire multi-cellular system for a simulation by selecting a specific run from the Runs panel (for example, simulation 1), protien1 from the Species panel and All from the Compartments panel. Finally, click on the second button located at the bottom right corner of the plotting window. A window will appear to show the spatio-temporal dynamics of protein1 click on the Play button to see an image similar to the one below:
Check our video to see the spatio-temporal evolution of the number of protein1 molecules.