Percentage perturbation in Simbiology Local Sensitivity Analysis (https://w​ww.mathwor​​p/simbio/u​g/perform-​sensitivit​y-analysis​-for-tumor​​ml)

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Can you describe by what percentage each input paramter is perturbed to calculate the sensitivity of the output in ?? As usually we perform sensitivity analysis by perturbing each paramter by certain percentage and then see its effect on output. But here that is not clear to me.

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Florian Augustin
Florian Augustin on 28 Dec 2020
Hi Darshna,
the sensitivities you are referring to are local derivatives. SimBiology integrates a system of differential equations, using complex step differentiation, to compute the derivatives. More details and references for the methods are documented on this site in section Local Sensitivity Analysis (LSA).
It sounds like you are more interested in Global Sensitivity Analysis; specifically Elementary Effects, since you mention perturbing sensitivity inputs by a certain fraction of the size of the parameter domain? SimBiology currently (Matlab version R2020b) has features to compute Sobol indices and a multi-parametric global sensitivity analysis. Elementary Effects are on the list of new functionalities to be added in a future release of SimBiology.

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