fix ave/histo command

fix ave/histo/weight command

Syntax

fix ID group-ID style Nevery Nrepeat Nfreq lo hi Nbin value1 value2 ... keyword args ...
  • ID, group-ID are documented in fix command

  • style = ave/histo or ave/histo/weight = style name of this fix command

  • Nevery = use input values every this many timesteps

  • Nrepeat = # of times to use input values for calculating histogram

  • Nfreq = calculate histogram every this many timesteps

  • lo,hi = lo/hi bounds within which to histogram

  • Nbin = # of histogram bins

  • one or more input values can be listed

  • value = x, y, z, vx, vy, vz, fx, fy, fz, c_ID, c_ID[N], f_ID, f_ID[N], v_name

    x,y,z,vx,vy,vz,fx,fy,fz = atom attribute (position, velocity, force component)
    c_ID = scalar or vector calculated by a compute with ID
    c_ID[I] = Ith component of vector or Ith column of array calculated by a compute with ID, I can include wildcard (see below)
    f_ID = scalar or vector calculated by a fix with ID
    f_ID[I] = Ith component of vector or Ith column of array calculated by a fix with ID, I can include wildcard (see below)
    v_name = value(s) calculated by an equal-style or vector-style or atom-style variable with name
    v_name[I] = value calculated by a vector-style variable with name
    
  • zero or more keyword/arg pairs may be appended

  • keyword = mode or file or ave or start or beyond or overwrite or title1 or title2 or title3

    mode arg = scalar or vector
      scalar = all input values are scalars
      vector = all input values are vectors
    kind arg = global or peratom or local
    file arg = filename
      filename = name of file to output histogram(s) to
    ave args = one or running or window
      one = output a new average value every Nfreq steps
      running = output cumulative average of all previous Nfreq steps
      window M = output average of M most recent Nfreq steps
    start args = Nstart
      Nstart = start averaging on this timestep
    beyond arg = ignore or end or extra
      ignore = ignore values outside histogram lo/hi bounds
      end = count values outside histogram lo/hi bounds in end bins
      extra = create 2 extra bins for value outside histogram lo/hi bounds
    overwrite arg = none = overwrite output file with only latest output
    title1 arg = string
      string = text to print as 1st line of output file
    title2 arg = string
      string = text to print as 2nd line of output file
    title3 arg = string
      string = text to print as 3rd line of output file, only for vector mode
    

Examples

fix 1 all ave/histo 100 5 1000 0.5 1.5 50 c_myTemp file temp.histo ave running
fix 1 all ave/histo 100 5 1000 -5 5 100 c_thermo_press[2] c_thermo_press[3] title1 "My output values"
fix 1 all ave/histo 100 5 1000 -5 5 100 c_thermo_press[*]
fix 1 all ave/histo 1 100 1000 -2.0 2.0 18 vx vy vz mode vector ave running beyond extra
fix 1 all ave/histo/weight 1 1 1 10 100 2000 c_XRD[1] c_XRD[2]

Description

Use one or more values as inputs every few timesteps to create a single histogram. The histogram can then be averaged over longer timescales. The resulting histogram can be used by other output commands, and can also be written to a file. The fix ave/histo/weight command has identical syntax to fix ave/histo, except that exactly two values must be specified. See details below.

The group specified with this command is ignored for global and local input values. For per-atom input values, only atoms in the group contribute to the histogram. Note that regardless of the specified group, specified values may represent calculations performed by computes and fixes which store their own “group” definition.

A histogram is simply a count of the number of values that fall within a histogram bin. Nbins are defined, with even spacing between lo and hi. Values that fall outside the lo/hi bounds can be treated in different ways; see the discussion of the beyond keyword below.

Each input value can be an atom attribute (position, velocity, force component) or can be the result of a compute or fix or the evaluation of an equal-style or vector-style or atom-style variable. The set of input values can be either all global, all per-atom, or all local quantities. Inputs of different kinds (e.g. global and per-atom) cannot be mixed. Atom attributes are per-atom vector values. See the doc page for individual “compute” and “fix” commands to see what kinds of quantities they generate. See the optional kind keyword below for how to force the fix ave/histo command to disambiguate if necessary.

Note that the output of this command is a single histogram for all input values combined together, not one histogram per input value. See below for details on the format of the output of this fix.

The input values must either be all scalars or all vectors (or arrays), depending on the setting of the mode keyword.

If mode = scalar, then the input values must be scalars, or vectors with a bracketed term appended, indicating the Ith value of the vector is used.

If mode = vector, then the input values must be vectors, or arrays with a bracketed term appended, indicating the Ith column of the array is used.

Note that for values from a compute or fix, the bracketed index I can be specified using a wildcard asterisk with the index to effectively specify multiple values. This takes the form “*” or “*n” or “n*” or “m*n”. If N = the size of the vector (for mode = scalar) or the number of columns in the array (for mode = vector), then an asterisk with no numeric values means all indices from 1 to N. A leading asterisk means all indices from 1 to n (inclusive). A trailing asterisk means all indices from n to N (inclusive). A middle asterisk means all indices from m to n (inclusive).

Using a wildcard is the same as if the individual elements of the vector or columns of the array had been listed one by one. E.g. these 2 fix ave/histo commands are equivalent, since the compute com/chunk command creates a global array with 3 columns:

compute myCOM all com/chunk
fix 1 all ave/histo 100 1 100 c_myCOM[*] file tmp1.com mode vector
fix 2 all ave/histo 100 1 100 c_myCOM[1] c_myCOM[2] c_myCOM[3] file tmp2.com mode vector

If the fix ave/histo/weight command is used, exactly two values must be specified. If the values are vectors, they must be the same length. The first value (a scalar or vector) is what is histogrammed into bins, in the same manner the fix ave/histo command operates. The second value (a scalar or vector) is used as a “weight”. This means that instead of each value tallying a “1” to its bin, the corresponding weight is tallied. E.g. The Nth entry (weight) in the second vector is tallied to the bin corresponding to the Nth entry in the first vector.


The Nevery, Nrepeat, and Nfreq arguments specify on what timesteps the input values will be used in order to contribute to the histogram. The final histogram is generated on timesteps that are multiple of Nfreq. It is averaged over Nrepeat histograms, computed in the preceding portion of the simulation every Nevery timesteps. Nfreq must be a multiple of Nevery and Nevery must be non-zero even if Nrepeat is 1. Also, the timesteps contributing to the histogram value cannot overlap, i.e. Nrepeat*Nevery can not exceed Nfreq.

For example, if Nevery=2, Nrepeat=6, and Nfreq=100, then input values on timesteps 90,92,94,96,98,100 will be used to compute the final histogram on timestep 100. Similarly for timesteps 190,192,194,196,198,200 on timestep 200, etc. If Nrepeat=1 and Nfreq = 100, then no time averaging of the histogram is done; a histogram is simply generated on timesteps 100,200,etc.


The atom attribute values (x,y,z,vx,vy,vz,fx,fy,fz) are self-explanatory. Note that other atom attributes can be used as inputs to this fix by using the compute property/atom command and then specifying an input value from that compute.

If a value begins with “c_”, a compute ID must follow which has been previously defined in the input script. If mode = scalar, then if no bracketed term is appended, the global scalar calculated by the compute is used. If a bracketed term is appended, the Ith element of the global vector calculated by the compute is used. If mode = vector, then if no bracketed term is appended, the global or per-atom or local vector calculated by the compute is used. If a bracketed term is appended, the Ith column of the global or per-atom or local array calculated by the compute is used. See the discussion above for how I can be specified with a wildcard asterisk to effectively specify multiple values.

Note that there is a compute reduce command which can sum per-atom quantities into a global scalar or vector which can thus be accessed by fix ave/histo. Or it can be a compute defined not in your input script, but by thermodynamic output or other fixes such as fix nvt or fix temp/rescale. See the doc pages for these commands which give the IDs of these computes. Users can also write code for their own compute styles and add them to LAMMPS.

If a value begins with “f_”, a fix ID must follow which has been previously defined in the input script. If mode = scalar, then if no bracketed term is appended, the global scalar calculated by the fix is used. If a bracketed term is appended, the Ith element of the global vector calculated by the fix is used. If mode = vector, then if no bracketed term is appended, the global or per-atom or local vector calculated by the fix is used. If a bracketed term is appended, the Ith column of the global or per-atom or local array calculated by the fix is used. See the discussion above for how I can be specified with a wildcard asterisk to effectively specify multiple values.

Note that some fixes only produce their values on certain timesteps, which must be compatible with Nevery, else an error will result. Users can also write code for their own fix styles and add them to LAMMPS.

If a value begins with “v_”, a variable name must follow which has been previously defined in the input script. If mode = scalar, then only equal-style or vector-style variables can be used, which both produce global values. In this mode, a vector-style variable requires a bracketed term to specify the Ith element of the vector calculated by the variable. If mode = vector, then only vector-style or atom-style variables can be used, which produce a global or per-atom vector respectively. The vector-style variable must be used without a bracketed term. See the variable command for details.

Note that variables of style equal, vector, and atom define a formula which can reference individual atom properties or thermodynamic keywords, or they can invoke other computes, fixes, or variables when they are evaluated, so this is a very general means of specifying quantities to histogram.


Additional optional keywords also affect the operation of this fix.

If the mode keyword is set to scalar, then all input values must be global scalars, or elements of global vectors. If the mode keyword is set to vector, then all input values must be global or per-atom or local vectors, or columns of global or per-atom or local arrays.

The kind keyword only needs to be set if a compute or fix produces more than one kind of output (global, per-atom, local). If this is not the case, then LAMMPS will determine what kind of input is provided and whether all the input arguments are consistent. If a compute or fix produces more than one kind of output, the kind keyword should be used to specify which output will be used. The remaining input arguments must still be consistent.

The beyond keyword determines how input values that fall outside the lo to hi bounds are treated. Values such that lo <= value <= hi are assigned to one bin. Values on a bin boundary are assigned to the lower of the 2 bins. If beyond is set to ignore then values < lo and values > hi are ignored, i.e. they are not binned. If beyond is set to end then values < lo are counted in the first bin and values > hi are counted in the last bin. If beyond is set to extend then two extra bins are created, so that there are Nbins+2 total bins. Values < lo are counted in the first bin and values > hi are counted in the last bin (Nbins+2). Values between lo and hi (inclusive) are counted in bins 2 through Nbins+1. The “coordinate” stored and printed for these two extra bins is lo and hi.

The ave keyword determines how the histogram produced every Nfreq steps are averaged with histograms produced on previous steps that were multiples of Nfreq, before they are accessed by another output command or written to a file.

If the ave setting is one, then the histograms produced on timesteps that are multiples of Nfreq are independent of each other; they are output as-is without further averaging.

If the ave setting is running, then the histograms produced on timesteps that are multiples of Nfreq are summed and averaged in a cumulative sense before being output. Each bin value in the histogram is thus the average of the bin value produced on that timestep with all preceding values for the same bin. This running average begins when the fix is defined; it can only be restarted by deleting the fix via the unfix command, or by re-defining the fix by re-specifying it.

If the ave setting is window, then the histograms produced on timesteps that are multiples of Nfreq are summed within a moving “window” of time, so that the last M histograms are used to produce the output. E.g. if M = 3 and Nfreq = 1000, then the output on step 10000 will be the combined histogram of the individual histograms on steps 8000,9000,10000. Outputs on early steps will be sums over less than M histograms if they are not available.

The start keyword specifies what timestep histogramming will begin on. The default is step 0. Often input values can be 0.0 at time 0, so setting start to a larger value can avoid including a 0.0 in a running or windowed histogram.

The file keyword allows a filename to be specified. Every Nfreq steps, one histogram is written to the file. This includes a leading line that contains the timestep, number of bins, the total count of values contributing to the histogram, the count of values that were not histogrammed (see the beyond keyword), the minimum value encountered, and the maximum value encountered. The min/max values include values that were not histogrammed. Following the leading line, one line per bin is written into the file. Each line contains the bin #, the coordinate for the center of the bin (between lo and hi), the count of values in the bin, and the normalized count. The normalized count is the bin count divided by the total count (not including values not histogrammed), so that the normalized values sum to 1.0 across all bins.

The overwrite keyword will continuously overwrite the output file with the latest output, so that it only contains one timestep worth of output. This option can only be used with the ave running setting.

The title1 and title2 and title3 keywords allow specification of the strings that will be printed as the first 3 lines of the output file, assuming the file keyword was used. LAMMPS uses default values for each of these, so they do not need to be specified.

By default, these header lines are as follows:

# Histogram for fix ID
# TimeStep Number-of-bins Total-counts Missing-counts Min-value Max-value
# Bin Coord Count Count/Total

In the first line, ID is replaced with the fix-ID. The second line describes the six values that are printed at the first of each section of output. The third describes the 4 values printed for each bin in the histogram.


Restart, fix_modify, output, run start/stop, minimize info:

No information about this fix is written to binary restart files. None of the fix_modify options are relevant to this fix.

This fix produces a global vector and global array which can be accessed by various output commands. The values can only be accessed on timesteps that are multiples of Nfreq since that is when a histogram is generated. The global vector has 4 values:

  • 1 = total counts in the histogram
  • 2 = values that were not histogrammed (see beyond keyword)
  • 3 = min value of all input values, including ones not histogrammed
  • 4 = max value of all input values, including ones not histogrammed

The global array has # of rows = Nbins and # of columns = 3. The first column has the bin coordinate, the 2nd column has the count of values in that histogram bin, and the 3rd column has the bin count divided by the total count (not including missing counts), so that the values in the 3rd column sum to 1.0.

The vector and array values calculated by this fix are all treated as intensive. If this is not the case, e.g. due to histogramming per-atom input values, then you will need to account for that when interpreting the values produced by this fix.

No parameter of this fix can be used with the start/stop keywords of the run command. This fix is not invoked during energy minimization.

Restrictions

none