Hi Edward,

Thanks for the follow up.  I totally understand the reasons for not having
fixed values within a relax analysis, it seems like a special case relative
to what I've seen in the literature and increases ones ability to skew the
results to their liking, I'm doing my best to safeguard against that

I was able to implement such an analysis in python using the RD models from
relax as well as the scipy and lmfit packages to both hold the dw
parameters constant while performing the usual grid search then nonlinear
least squares minimization and perform a cluster analysis holding the rate
constant and/or the major population constant amongst all residues.  The
code is a bit of a mess at the moment but I'm hoping to clean it up and
make a repository on github, so I can better document what I did and so
other folks can check it out if they want.

Thanks for your assistance.

Jeremy Anderson

Ph.D. Candidate

Johns Hopkins University
Program in Molecular Biophysics
Laboratory of Dr. Vincent J. Hilser, Ph.D.
3400 N Charles St, 104 Mudd Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218

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On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 5:07 AM, Edward d'Auvergne <edw...@nmr-relax.com>

> On 27 October 2016 at 18:10, Jeremy Anderson <jande...@jhu.edu> wrote:
> > Hi Edward and Troels,
> >
> > Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.  I had dug around a bit in
> > the test_suite directory but wanted to make sure I was looking in the
> right
> > place before I descended into the rabbit hole.
> >
> > I got the back calculation to work using the
> > ./test_suite/shared_data/dispersion/ns_mmq_3site_
> linear/relax_results/solution.py
> > script pretty much as-is, just changing the spin parameters to my liking,
> > calculating the curve, and outputting the values (ignoring the data and
> > residuals in the output file).
> >
> > Something I didn't mention is that the reason I've been importing the
> models
> > into ipython is so I can hold parameters constant through my own grid
> search
> > and minimization functions, which I had found somewhere in the
> documentation
> > was not possible inside relax for the minimization.  I originally thought
> > this would be easier outside of relax.
> >
> > The reason for this is because I'm in a situation where I can observe
> > peaks in slow exchange in one variant and skewed populations of one or
> the
> > other peaks in two other variants.  I've been working on using the
> > complementary information, in this case the observed dw and the kex from
> ZZ
> > exchange experiments, to investigate multi-state exchange in all
> variants.
> >
> > The chem. shift differences of the two skewed variants match the measured
> > nicely but the rates from CPMG are ~20 fold higher.  Therefore I wanted
> to
> > check and see if a 3-state model with some parameters held constant would
> > have infinite solutions (my assumption) or pop out something interesting
> and
> > be able to distinguish between a couple models of the conformational
> process
> > that I have in mind, which seems like a long shot.
> >
> > Sorry if thats too much information/way too open-ended but I figured I
> would
> > give some context to the greater situation I have found myself in.
> Thanks
> > again!
> Hi Jeremy,
> It is true that you cannot fix a parameter in relax and optimise the
> others.  The reason is two-fold.  Firstly the minfx library (
> https://gna.org/projects/minfx/ ) does support this functionality.
> Secondly, this functionality would be highly abused and a lot of
> rubbish results will appear in the scientific literature, with a
> detrimental effect on the reputation of the whole NMR field.
> Also, I didn't think it was worth the time investment compared to
> expanding relax to handle multiple data types at the same time, and
> then optimising one set of parameters for all experimental data
> simultaneously.  In your case, that would be loading the ZZ exchange
> and CPMG data at the same time, and optimising the single model.  This
> would be interesting, as the two experiment types contain both
> complementary and overlapping information content.  So saying that the
> overlapping content should only come from the ZZ experiment might
> over-constrain the CPMG experiment due to any biases or experimental
> noise from that experiment.  Are you able to set up the problem in
> this alternative way in iPython?
> Regards,
> Edward
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