Change Log

0.6.0 (2020-08-12)

This release introduces major structural changes to the entire package, and incorporates a number of features that were originally implemented in the epifx package. Please see the online documentation for further details. The major user-facing changes are:

  • Breaking change: drop support for Python 2, require Python 3.6 or newer.
  • Breaking change: forecast scenarios are now defined in TOML files.

0.5.5 (2019-11-25)

  • Bug fix: ensure that pypfilt.step records the true start of the simulation period, if it has not already been defined.
  • Enhancement: now returns the current index into the history matrix, which allows repeat calls to to be chained together. This may be of use when, e.g., generating a sequence of forecasts where each forecast is sufficiently short that it will not cause the simulation window to move past the end of the previous estimation run.
  • Ensure the documentation builds correctly on Read The Docs.

0.5.4 (2017-10-26)

  • Bug fix: ensure the true start of the simulation period is always recorded.

0.5.3 (2017-10-26)

  • Enhancement: record the true start of the simulation period, so that even if the estimation run or forecasting run begins at a later date, the true start is available (params['epoch']).
  • Enhancement: axis and series labels can now be defined by arbitrary functions.
  • Enhancement: pypfilt.plot.series now support string scales.
  • Enhancement: the pypfilt.check module provides convenience functions for checking invariants. Currently, it is able to check the history matrix dimensions. See the API documentation for further details.
  • Enhancement: add instructions for install pypfilt with pip.
  • Enhancement: provide example commands for the release process.

0.5.2 (2017-05-05)

  • Bug fix: make pypfilt.examples a valid Python module.
  • Bug fix: fix the Lotka-Volterra model in pypfilt.examples.predation to work correctly with scalar and non-scalar time scales.

0.5.1 (2017-04-28)

  • Bug fix: correctly generate summaries for the case where no table rows will be generated. This bug was introduced in pypfilt 0.5.0 (commit 8a0a614).

0.5.0 (2017-04-26)

  • Breaking change: the base model class has been renamed to pypfilt.Model.
  • Breaking change: the base model class has been simplified; the state_info, param_info, and param_bounds methods have been replaced by a single method, describe. This method also defines, for each element of the state vector, whether that element can be sampled continuously (e.g., by the post-regularised filter).
  • Breaking change: pypfilt.summary.HDF5 no longer creates a table of observations if no such table has been defined, since it may be desirable to store observations in multiple tables (e.g., grouped by source or observation unit). To retain the previous behaviour, add the new observations table pypfilt.summary.Obs to the summary object.
  • Breaking change: particle weights are now passed as an additional argument to the log-likelihood function. Previously, the log-likelihood function was inspected to determine whether it accepted an extra argument (a nasty hack).
  • Bug fix: avoid raising an exception when regularise_or_fail is False (this was the intended behaviour in previous versions).
  • Bug fix: ensure that pypfilt.summary.obs_table correctly encodes the observation source and units.
  • Bug fix: correct an off-by-one error in pypfilt.stats.qtl_wt that caused the weighted quantiles to be calculated incorrectly. The calculation error was inversely proportional to the number of particles and should be negligible for any reasonable number of particles (e.g., \(\ge 10^3\)).
  • Enhancement: custom simulation time scales are supported. Two time scales are provided (pypfilt.Datetime and pypfilt.Scalar) and additional time scales can be implemented by inheriting from pypfilt.time.Time.
  • Enhancement: allow likelihoods to depend on past states by settings params['last_n_periods'] to N > 1, so that the current observation period can be compared to previous observation periods.
  • Enhancement: monitor states are now cached and restored, allowing them to calculate statistics over the combined estimation and forecasting runs. This means that, e.g., peak times and sizes are correctly reported even if they occurred prior to the forecasting date.
  • Enhancement: add conversion functions for manipulating individual columns in structured arrays.
  • Enhancement: plotting functions are provided by a new module, pypfilt.plot (adding an optional dependency on matplotlib).
  • Enhancement: provide a base class for simulation metadata (pypfilt.summary.Metadata).
  • Enhancement: the (continuous) Lotka-Volterra equations are provided as an example in pypfilt.examples.predation and act as the example system in the documentation.
  • Enhancement: pypfilt.summary.dtype_names_to_str now also accepts fields as a list field names (i.e., strings).
  • Enhancement: test cases for several modules are now provided in ./tests and can be run with tox.
  • Enhancement: document how to install required packages as wheels, avoiding lengthy compilation times.
  • Enhancement: document the release process and provide instructions for uploading packages to PyPI.

0.4.3 (2016-09-16)

  • Bug fix: correct the basic resampling method. Previously, random samples were drawn from the unit interval and were erroneously assumed to be in sorted order (as is the case for the stratified and deterministic methods).

  • Enhancement: automatically convert Unicode field names to native strings when using Python 2, to prevent NumPy from throwing a TypeError, as may occur when using from __future__ import unicode_literals.

    This functionality is provided by pypfilt.summary.dtype_names_to_str.

  • Enhancement: ensure that temporary files are deleted when the simulation process is terminated by the SIGTERM signal.

    Previously, they were only deleted upon normal termination (as noted in the atexit documentation).

  • Enhancement: consistently separate Unicode strings from bytes, and provide utility functions in the pypfilt.text module.

  • Enhancement: forecast from the most recent known-good cached state, avoiding the estimation pass whenever possible.

  • Enhancement: allow the observation table to be generated externally. This means that users can include additional columns as needed.

  • Enhancement: separate the calculation of log-likelihoods from the adjustment of particle weights, resulting in the new function pypfilt.log_llhd_of.

  • Enhancement: provide particle weights to the log-likelihood function, if the log-likelihood function accepts an extra argument. This has no impact on existing log-likelihood functions.

  • Enhancement: by default, allow simulations to continue if regularisation fails. This behaviour can be changed:

    params['resample']['regularise_or_fail'] = True

0.4.2 (2016-06-16)

  • Breaking change: pypfilt.forecast will raise an exception if no forecasting dates are provided.
  • Add installation instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and Mac OS X (using Homebrew).

0.4.1 (2016-04-26)

  • Enhancement: allow forecasts to resume from cached states, greatly improving the speed with which forecasts can be generated when new or updated observations become available. This is enabled by defining a cache file:

    params['hist']['cache_file'] = 'cache.hdf5'
  • Enhancement: add option to restrict summary statistics to forecasting simulations, ignoring the initial estimation run. This is enabled by passing only_fs=True as an argument to the pypfilt.summary.HDF5 constructor.

0.4.0 (2016-04-22)

  • Breaking change: require models to define default parameter bounds by implementing the param_bounds method.

  • Enhancement: offer the post-regularised particle filter (post-RPF) as an alternative means of avoiding particle impoverishment (as opposed to incorporating stochastic noise into the model equations). This is enabled by setting:

    params['resample']['regularisation'] = True

    See the example script (./doc/example/ for a demonstration.

  • Improved documentation for pypfilt.model.Base and summary statistics.

  • Add documentation for installing in a virtual environment.

0.3.0 (2016-02-23)

  • This release includes a complete overhaul of simulation metadata and summary statistics. See ./doc/example/ for an overview of these changes.
  • Breaking change: decrease the default resampling threshold from 75% to 25%.
  • Breaking change: define base classes for summary statistics and output.
  • Breaking change: define a base class for simulation models.
  • Breaking change: collate the resampling and history matrix parameters to reduce clutter.
  • Breaking change: move pypfilt.metadata_priors to pypfilt.summary.
  • Bug fix: prevent stats.cov_wt from mutating the history matrix.
  • Bug fix: ensure that the time-step mapping behaves as documented.
  • Bug fix: ensure that state vector slices have correct dimensions.
  • Enhancement: ensure that forecasting dates lie within the simulation period.
  • Performance improvement: Vectorise the history matrix initialisation.
  • Host the documentation at Read The Docs.

0.2.0 (2015-11-16)

  • Notify models whether the current simulation is a forecast (i.e., if there are no observations). This allows deterministic models to add noise when estimating, to allow identical particles to differ in their behaviour, and to avoid doing so when forecasting.

    Note that this is a breaking change, as it alters the parameters passed to the model update function.

  • Simplify the API for running a single simulation; pypfilt.set_limits has been removed and pypfilt.Time is not included in the API documentation, on the grounds that users should not need to make use of this class.

  • Greater use of NumPy array functions, removing the dependency on six >= 1.7.

  • Minor corrections to the example script (./doc/example/

0.1.2 (2015-06-08)

  • Avoid error messages if no logging handler is configured by the application.
  • Use a relative path for the output directory. This makes simulation metadata easier to reproduce, since the absolute path of the output directory is no longer included in the output file.
  • Build a universal wheel via python bdist_wheel, which supports both Python 2 and Python 3.

0.1.1 (2015-06-01)

  • Make the output directory a simulation parameter (out_dir) so that it can be changed without affecting the working directory, and vice versa.

0.1.0 (2015-05-29)

  • Initial release.