Nameable class

(Shortest import: from brian2 import Nameable)

class brian2.core.names.Nameable(name)[source]

Bases: brian2.core.tracking.Trackable

Base class to find a unique name for an object

If you specify a name explicitly, and it has already been taken, a ValueError is raised. You can also specify a name with a wildcard asterisk in the end, i.e. in the form 'name*'. It will then try name first but if this is already specified, it will try name_1, name__2`, etc. This is the default mechanism used by most core objects in Brian, e.g. NeuronGroup uses a default name of 'neurongroup*'.


name : str

An name for the object, possibly ending in * to specify that variants of this name should be tried if the name (without the asterisk) is already taken. If (and only if) the name for this object has already been set, it is also possible to call the initialiser with None for the name argument. This situation can arise when a class derives from multiple classes that derive themselves from Nameable (e.g. Group and CodeRunner) and their initialisers are called explicitely.


If the name is already taken.


id A unique id for this object.
name The unique name for this object.


assign_id() Assign a new id to this object.



A unique id for this object.

In contrast to names, which may be reused, the id stays unique. This is used in the dependency checking to not have to deal with the chore of comparing weak references, weak proxies and strong references.


The unique name for this object.

Used when generating code. Should be an acceptable variable name, i.e. starting with a letter character and followed by alphanumeric characters and _.


Assign a new id to this object. Under most circumstances, this method should only be called once at the creation of the object to generate a unique id. In the case of the MagicNetwork, however, the id should change when a new, independent set of objects is simulated.