Sensitivity Analysis by Python SALib

Sensitivity analysis is a mathematical method to understand how model output influenced by the uncertainty in the model parameters. This is a simple example to perform a sensitivity analysis by python module call “SALib”. I use the Morris method as an example and visualize the test results. The testing environment is cloud9.

repo: SALib

1. In terminal, update the package list and install python-pip

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install python-pip

2. Update the setuptools then install the SALib

sudo pip install -U setuptools
sudo pip install SALib

3. Create the following python script and name it

import matplotlib
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from SALib.analyze import morris
from SALib.sample.morris import sample
from SALib.test_functions import Ishigami, Sobol_G
from SALib.util import read_param_file
from SALib.plotting.morris import horizontal_bar_plot, covariance_plot, sample_histograms

# Read the parameter range file and generate samples
problem = read_param_file('Sobol_G.txt')

# Generate samples
param_values = sample(problem, N=1000, num_levels=4, grid_jump=2, optimal_trajectories=None)

# To use optimized trajectories (brute force method), give an integer value for optimal_trajectories

# Run the "model" -- this will happen offline for external models
Y = Sobol_G.evaluate(param_values)

# Perform the sensitivity analysis using the model output
# Specify which column of the output file to analyze (zero-indexed)
Si = morris.analyze(problem, param_values, Y, conf_level=0.95, 
                    num_levels=4, grid_jump=2, num_resamples=100)

print 'Convergence index:', max(Si['mu_star_conf']/Si['mu_star'])

fig, (ax1, ax2) = plt.subplots(1, 2)
horizontal_bar_plot(ax1, Si,{}, sortby='mu_star', unit=r"tCO$_2$/year")
covariance_plot(ax2, Si, {}, unit=r"tCO$_2$/year")

fig2 = plt.figure()
sample_histograms(fig2, param_values, problem, {'color':'y'})

4. We also need the input file Sobol_G.txt,

to defind the range of input parameters

x1 0.0 1.0
x2 0.0 1.0
x3 0.0 1.0
x4 0.0 1.0
x5 0.0 1.0
x6 0.0 1.0
x7 0.0 1.0
x8 0.0 1.0

5. Run the python script


After that, we can get the following result

Parameter                         Mu_Star         Mu    Mu_Star_Conf      Sigma
x1                                  2.659      0.015           0.048      2.784
x2                                  1.459      0.024           0.047      1.652
x3                                  0.598     -0.005           0.024      0.701
x4                                  0.345     -0.002           0.013      0.402
x5                                  0.034     -0.000           0.001      0.040
x6                                  0.035      0.000           0.002      0.041
x7                                  0.035     -0.001           0.001      0.041
x8                                  0.035      0.000           0.001      0.041
Convergence index: 0.0443469829843

Here are the visualize test results of
(1) Input paramter distributions, and

(2) Parameter sensitivty

According to this result, we can easily determine which parameters are sensitive and have high effect on model output.

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