# Multiple Shooting

In Multiple Shooting, the training data is split into overlapping intervals. The solver is then trained on individual intervals. If the end conditions of any interval coincide with the initial conditions of the next immediate interval, then the joined/combined solution is same as solving on the whole dataset (without splitting).

To ensure that the overlapping part of two consecutive intervals coincide, we add a penalizing term, `continuity_term * absolute_value_of(prediction of last point of group i - prediction of first point of group i+1)`

, to the loss.

Note that the `continuity_term`

should have a large positive value to add high penalties in case the solver predicts discontinuous values.

The following is a working demo, using Multiple Shooting

```
using DiffEqFlux, DifferentialEquations, Plots
using DiffEqFlux: group_ranges
# Define initial conditions and time steps
datasize = 30
u0 = Float32[2.0, 0.0]
tspan = (0.0f0, 5.0f0)
tsteps = range(tspan[1], tspan[2], length = datasize)
# Get the data
function trueODEfunc(du, u, p, t)
true_A = [-0.1 2.0; -2.0 -0.1]
du .= ((u.^3)'true_A)'
end
prob_trueode = ODEProblem(trueODEfunc, u0, tspan)
ode_data = Array(solve(prob_trueode, Tsit5(), saveat = tsteps))
# Define the Neural Network
nn = FastChain((x, p) -> x.^3,
FastDense(2, 16, tanh),
FastDense(16, 2))
p_init = initial_params(nn)
neuralode = NeuralODE(nn, tspan, Tsit5(), saveat = tsteps)
prob_node = ODEProblem((u,p,t)->nn(u,p), u0, tspan, p_init)
function plot_multiple_shoot(plt, preds, group_size)
step = group_size-1
ranges = group_ranges(datasize, group_size)
for (i, rg) in enumerate(ranges)
plot!(plt, tsteps[rg], preds[i][1,:], markershape=:circle, label="Group $(i)")
end
end
# Animate training
anim = Animation()
callback = function (p, l, preds; doplot = true)
display(l)
if doplot
# plot the original data
plt = scatter(tsteps, ode_data[1,:], label = "Data")
# plot the different predictions for individual shoot
plot_multiple_shoot(plt, preds, group_size)
frame(anim)
display(plot(plt))
end
return false
end
# Define parameters for Multiple Shooting
group_size = 3
continuity_term = 200
function loss_function(data, pred)
return sum(abs2, data - pred)
end
function loss_multiple_shooting(p)
return multiple_shoot(p, ode_data, tsteps, prob_node, loss_function, Tsit5(),
group_size; continuity_term)
end
res_ms = DiffEqFlux.sciml_train(loss_multiple_shooting, p_init,
cb = callback)
gif(anim, "multiple_shooting.gif", fps=15)
```

Here's the animation that we get from above

The connected lines show the predictions of each group (Notice that there are overlapping points as well. These are the points we are trying to coincide.)

Here is an output with `group_size = 30`

(which is same as solving on the whole interval without splitting also called single shooting)

It is clear from the above picture, a single shoot doesn't perform very well with the ODE Problem we have and gets stuck in a local minima.