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Girsanov reweighting for path ensembles and Markov state models

Donati, L. and Hartmann, C. and Keller, B.G. (2017) Girsanov reweighting for path ensembles and Markov state models. Journal of Chemical Physics, 146 (24). p. 244112. ISSN 0021-9606


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The sensitivity of molecular dynamics on changes in the potential energy function plays an important role in understanding the dynamics and function of complex molecules. We present a method to obtain path ensemble averages of a perturbed dynamics from a set of paths generated by a reference dynamics. It is based on the concept of path probability measure and the Girsanov theorem, a result from stochastic analysis to estimate a change of measure of a path ensemble. Since Markov state models (MSM) of the molecular dynamics can be formulated as a combined phasespace and path ensemble average, the method can be extended to reweight MSMs by combining it with a reweighting of the Boltzmann distribution. We demonstrate how to efficiently implement the Girsanov reweighting in a molecular dynamics simulation program by calculating parts of the reweighting factor "on the fly" during the simulation, and we benchmark the method on test systems ranging from a two-dimensional diffusion process to an artificial many-body system and alanine dipeptide and valine dipeptide in implicit and explicit water. The method can be used to study the sensitivity of molecular dynamics on external perturbations as well as to reweight trajectories generated by enhanced sampling schemes to the original dynamics.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:SFB 1114 Preprint 03/2017 in arXiv:1703.05498
Subjects:Biological Sciences > Biology
Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > BioComputing Group
ID Code:2071
Deposited By: Silvia Hoemke
Deposited On:20 Apr 2017 08:30
Last Modified:19 Dec 2017 11:11

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