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, OrdinaryDiffEq, Flux, Optim, 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)'
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)")

# Animate training
anim = Animation()
callback = function (p, l, preds; doplot = true)
  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)

  return false

# Define parameters for Multiple Shooting
group_size = 3
continuity_term = 200

function loss_function(data, pred)
	return sum(abs2, data - pred)

function loss_multiple_shooting(p)
    return multiple_shoot(p, ode_data, tsteps, prob_node, loss_function, Tsit5(),
                          group_size; continuity_term)

res_ms = DiffEqFlux.sciml_train(loss_multiple_shooting, p_init,
                                ADAM(0.05), cb = callback, maxiters = 300)

res_ms = DiffEqFlux.sciml_train(loss_multiple_shooting, res_ms.minimizer,
                                BFGS(), cb = callback, maxiters = 100,

gif(anim, "multiple_shooting.gif", fps=15)

Here's the animation that we get from above

pic 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.