Equations and namespaces¶
Each Brian object that saves state variables (e.g.
StateMonitor) has a
variables attribute, a dictionary mapping variable
Variable objects (in fact a
Variables object, not a simple
Variable objects contain information about
the variable (name, dtype, units) as well as access to the variable’s value via
get_value method. Some will also allow setting the values via a
set_value method. These objects can therefore act as proxies
to the variables’ “contents”.
Variable objects provide the “abstract namespace” corresponding to a chunk
of “abstract code”, they are all that is needed to check for syntactic
correctness, unit consistency, etc.
namespace attribute of a group can contain information about the external
(variable or function) names used in the equations. It specifies a
group-specific namespace used for resolving names in that group. At run time,
this namespace is combined with a “run namespace”. This namespace is either
explicitly provided to the
Network.run method, or the implicit namespace
consisting of the locals and globals around the point where the run function is
called is used. This namespace is then passed down to all the objects via
Network.before_fun which calls all the individual
methods with this namespace.