MechanismStandard
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MechanismStandard (Parameter Control)

class MechanismStandard
Syntax:

ms = new MechanismStandard("name")

ms = new MechanismStandard("name", vartype)

Description:

With no vartype or vartype = 1, this provides storage for parameter values of a membrane mechanism or point process. This class is useful in maintaining a default set of parameters and can be used to specify values for a set of sections.

name is a density mechanism such as hh or a point process such as VClamp. A MechanismStandard instance, when created, contains default values for all parameters associated with the mechanism.

In combination with the MechanismType class it is possible to create generic graphical interface widgets that are independent of the particular mechanism and parameter names.

If vartype = 1, 2, or 3, the storage is for PARAMETER, ASSIGNED, or STATE variables respectively. If vartype = 0, the storage is for all three types.

If vartype = -1, the count and names (and array size) of the GLOBAL variables are accessible, but any other method will generate an error message.

Example:

objref ms1, ms2
ms1 = new MechanismStandard("hh")
ms2 = new MechanismStandard("AlphaSynapse")
ms2.set("gmax", .3)
ms1.panel()
ms2.panel()

The following example prints all the names associated with POINT_PROCESS and SUFFIX mechanisms.

create soma
access soma

objref ms, mt
strdef s, msname
proc pname() {local i, j, k
    for i=-1,3 {
            ms = new MechanismStandard($s1, i)
            print "\n", $s1, "  vartype=", i
            for j=0, ms.count()-1 {
                    k = ms.name(s, j)
                    print j, s, " size=", k
            }
    }
}

proc ptype() {local i, j
    for i=0,1 {
            mt = new MechanismType(i)
            for j=0, mt.count-1 {
                    mt.select(j)
                    mt.selected(msname)
print "\n\n", msname, " mechanismtype=", j
                    pname(msname)
            }
    }
}

ptype()

See also

MechanismType


MechanismStandard.panel()
Syntax:

ms.panel()

ms.panel("string")

Description:

Popup a panel of parameters for this mechanism. It's a good idea to set the default values before generating the panel.

With no argument the first item in the panel will be the name of the mechanism. Otherwise the string is used as the first item label.


MechanismStandard.action()
Syntax:
ms.action("statement")
Description:
action to be executed when any variable is changed in the panel. The hoc variable hoc_ac_ is set to the index of the variable (0 to count-1).
Example:

forall delete_section()

create soma, axon, dend[3]
forsec "a" insert hh
forsec "d" insert pas
xpanel("Updated when MechanismStandard is changed")
xvalue("dend[0].g_pas")
xvalue("dend[1].g_pas")
xvalue("dend[2].g_pas")
xpanel()
objref ms
ms = new MechanismStandard("pas")
ms.action("change_pas()")
ms.panel()

proc change_pas() {
    forall if(ismembrane("pas")) {
            ms.out()
    }
}

MechanismStandard.in()
Syntax:

ms.in()

ms.in(x)

ms.in(pointprocess)

ms.in(mechanismstandard)

Description:

copies parameter values into this mechanism standard from ...

ms.in()
the mechanism located in first segment of the currently accessed section.
ms.in(x)
the mechanism located in the segment containing x of the currently accessed section. (Note that x=0 and 1 are considered to lie in the 0+ and 1- segments respectively so a proper iteration uses for(x, 0). See for.
ms.in(pointprocess)
the point process object
ms.in(mechanismstandard)
another mechanism standard

If the source is not the same type as the standard then nothing happens.


MechanismStandard.out()
Syntax:

ms.out()

ms.out(x)

ms.out(pointprocess)

ms.out(mechanismstandard)

Description:

copies parameter values from this mechanism standard to ...

ms.out()
the mechanism located in the currently accessed section (all segments).
ms.out(x)
the mechanism located in the currently accessed section in the segment containing x.(Note that x=0 and 1 are considered to lie in the 0+ and 1- segments respectively)
ms.out(pointprocess)
the point process argument
ms.out(mechanismstandard)
another mechanism standard

If the target is not the same type as the standard then nothing happens.


MechanismStandard.set()
Syntax:
ms.set("varname", val [, arrayindex])
Description:
sets the parameter in the standard to val. If the variable is an array, then the optional index can be specified.

MechanismStandard.get()
Syntax:
val = ms.get("varname" [, arrayindex])
Description:
returns the value of the parameter. If the variable is actually a POINTER and it is nil, then return -1e300.

MechanismStandard.save()
Syntax:
.save("name")
Description:
For saving the state of a MechanismStandard to a session file. The name will be the objectvar that the instance gets assigned to when the session file is read. See pointman.hoc for an example of usage.

MechanismStandard.count()
Syntax:
cnt = ms.count()
Description:
Returns the number of parameter names of the mechanism represented by the MechanismStandard.

MechanismStandard.name()
Syntax:

ms.name(strdef)

size = ms.name(strdef, i)

Description:

The single arg form assigns the name of the mechanism to the strdef variable.

When the i parameter is present (i ranges from 0 to ms.count()-1) the strdef parameter gets assigned the ith name of the mechanism represented by the MechanismStandard. In addition the return value is the array size of that parameter (1 for a scalar).