4.2.4. Calculating root mean square quantities — MDAnalysis.analysis.rms
¶
Author:  Oliver Beckstein, David L. Dotson, John Detlefs 

Year:  2016 
Copyright:  GNU Public License v2 
New in version 0.7.7.
Changed in version 0.11.0: Added RMSF
analysis.
Changed in version 0.16.0: Refactored RMSD to fit AnalysisBase API
The module contains code to analyze root mean square quantities such
as the coordinat root mean square distance (RMSD
) or the
perresidue root mean square fluctuations (RMSF
).
This module uses the fast QCP algorithm [Theobald2005] to calculate
the root mean square distance (RMSD) between two coordinate sets (as
implemented in
MDAnalysis.lib.qcprot.CalcRMSDRotationalMatrix()
).
When using this module in published work please cite [Theobald2005].
See also
MDAnalysis.analysis.align
 aligning structures based on RMSD
MDAnalysis.lib.qcprot
 implements the fast RMSD algorithm.
4.2.4.1. Example applications¶
4.2.4.1.1. Calculating RMSD for multiple domains¶
In this example we will globally fit a protein to a reference structure and investigate the relative movements of domains by computing the RMSD of the domains to the reference. The example is a DIMS trajectory of adenylate kinase, which samples a large closedtoopen transition. The protein consists of the CORE, LID, and NMP domain.
 superimpose on the closed structure (frame 0 of the trajectory), using backbone atoms
 calculate the backbone RMSD and RMSD for CORE, LID, NMP (backbone atoms)
The trajectory is included with the test data files. The data in
RMSD.results.rmsd
is plotted with matplotlib.pyplot.plot()
:
import MDAnalysis
from MDAnalysis.tests.datafiles import PSF,DCD,CRD
u = MDAnalysis.Universe(PSF,DCD)
ref = MDAnalysis.Universe(PSF,DCD) # reference closed AdK (1AKE) (with the default ref_frame=0)
#ref = MDAnalysis.Universe(PSF,CRD) # reference open AdK (4AKE)
import MDAnalysis.analysis.rms
R = MDAnalysis.analysis.rms.RMSD(u, ref,
select="backbone", # superimpose on whole backbone of the whole protein
groupselections=["backbone and (resid 129 or resid 60121 or resid 160214)", # CORE
"backbone and resid 122159", # LID
"backbone and resid 3059"]) # NMP
R.run()
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
rmsd = R.results.rmsd.T # transpose makes it easier for plotting
time = rmsd[1]
fig = plt.figure(figsize=(4,4))
ax = fig.add_subplot(111)
ax.plot(time, rmsd[2], 'k', label="all")
ax.plot(time, rmsd[3], 'k', label="CORE")
ax.plot(time, rmsd[4], 'r', label="LID")
ax.plot(time, rmsd[5], 'b', label="NMP")
ax.legend(loc="best")
ax.set_xlabel("time (ps)")
ax.set_ylabel(r"RMSD ($\AA$)")
fig.savefig("rmsd_all_CORE_LID_NMP_ref1AKE.pdf")
4.2.4.2. Functions¶

MDAnalysis.analysis.rms.
rmsd
(a, b, weights=None, center=False, superposition=False)[source]¶ Returns RMSD between two coordinate sets a and b.
a and b are arrays of the coordinates of N atoms of shape \(N times 3\) as generated by, e.g.,
MDAnalysis.core.groups.AtomGroup.positions()
.Note
If you use trajectory data from simulations performed under periodic boundary conditions then you must make your molecules whole before performing RMSD calculations so that the centers of mass of the mobile and reference structure are properly superimposed.
Parameters:  a (array_like) – coordinates to align to b
 b (array_like) – coordinates to align to (same shape as a)
 weights (array_like (optional)) – 1D array with weights, use to compute weighted average
 center (bool (optional)) – subtract center of geometry before calculation. With weights given compute weighted average as center.
 superposition (bool (optional)) – perform a rotational and translational superposition with the fast QCP
algorithm [Theobald2005] before calculating the RMSD; implies
center=True
.
Returns: rmsd – RMSD between a and b
Return type: Notes
The RMSD \(\rho(t)\) as a function of time is calculated as
\[\rho(t) = \sqrt{\frac{1}{N} \sum_{i=1}^N w_i \left(\mathbf{x}_i(t)  \mathbf{x}_i^{\text{ref}}\right)^2}\]It is the Euclidean distance in configuration space of the current configuration (possibly after optimal translation and rotation) from a reference configuration divided by \(1/\sqrt{N}\) where \(N\) is the number of coordinates.
The weights \(w_i\) are calculated from the input weights weights \(w'_i\) as relative to the mean:
\[w_i = \frac{w'_i}{\langle w' \rangle}\]Example
>>> u = Universe(PSF,DCD) >>> bb = u.select_atoms('backbone') >>> A = bb.positions.copy() # coordinates of first frame >>> u.trajectory[1] # forward to last frame >>> B = bb.positions.copy() # coordinates of last frame >>> rmsd(A, B, center=True) 3.9482355416565049
4.2.4.3. Analysis classes¶

class
MDAnalysis.analysis.rms.
RMSD
(atomgroup, reference=None, select='all', groupselections=None, weights=None, weights_groupselections=False, tol_mass=0.1, ref_frame=0, **kwargs)[source]¶ Class to perform RMSD analysis on a trajectory.
The RMSD will be computed for two groups of atoms and all frames in the trajectory belonging to atomgroup. The groups of atoms are obtained by applying the selection selection select to the changing atomgroup and the fixed reference.
Note
If you use trajectory data from simulations performed under periodic boundary conditions then you must make your molecules whole before performing RMSD calculations so that the centers of mass of the selected and reference structure are properly superimposed.
Run the analysis with
RMSD.run()
, which stores the results in the arrayRMSD.results.rmsd
.Changed in version 1.0.0:
save()
method was removed, usenp.savetxt()
onRMSD.results.rmsd
instead.Changed in version 2.0.0:
rmsd
results are now stored in aMDAnalysis.analysis.base.Results
instance.Parameters:  atomgroup (AtomGroup or Universe) – Group of atoms for which the RMSD is calculated. If a trajectory is associated with the atoms then the computation iterates over the trajectory.
 reference (AtomGroup or Universe (optional)) – Group of reference atoms; if
None
then the current frame of atomgroup is used.  select (str or dict or tuple (optional)) –
The selection to operate on; can be one of:
 any valid selection string for
select_atoms()
that produces identical selections in atomgroup and reference; or  a dictionary
{'mobile': sel1, 'reference': sel2}
where sel1 and sel2 are valid selection strings that are applied to atomgroup and reference respectively (theMDAnalysis.analysis.align.fasta2select()
function returns such a dictionary based on a ClustalW or STAMP sequence alignment); or  a tuple
(sel1, sel2)
When using 2. or 3. with sel1 and sel2 then these selection strings are applied to atomgroup and reference respectively and should generate groups of equivalent atoms. sel1 and sel2 can each also be a list of selection strings to generate a
AtomGroup
with defined atom order as described under Ordered selections).  any valid selection string for
 groupselections (list (optional)) –
A list of selections as described for select, with the difference that these selections are always applied to the full universes, i.e.,
atomgroup.universe.select_atoms(sel1)
andreference.universe.select_atoms(sel2)
. Each selection describes additional RMSDs to be computed after the structures have been superimposed according to select. No additional fitting is performed.The output contains one additional column for each selection.Note
Experimental feature. Only limited error checking implemented.
 weights ({“mass”,
None
} or array_like (optional)) – “mass” will use masses as weights for both select and groupselections.
None
will weigh each atom equally for both select and groupselections.
3. If 1D float array of the same length as atomgroup is provided, use each element of the array_like as a weight for the corresponding atom in select, and assumes
None
for groupselections.  weights_groupselections (False or list of {“mass”,
None
or array_like} (optional)) –1.
False
will apply imposed weights to groupselections fromweights
option ifweights
is either"mass"
orNone
. Otherwise will assume a list of length equal to length of groupselections filled withNone
values.2. A list of {“mass”,
None
or array_like} with the length of groupselections will apply the weights to groupselections correspondingly.  tol_mass (float (optional)) – Reject match if the atomic masses for matched atoms differ by more than tol_mass.
 ref_frame (int (optional)) – frame index to select frame from reference
 verbose (bool (optional)) – Show detailed progress of the calculation if set to
True
; the default isFalse
.
Raises: SelectionError
– If the selections from atomgroup and reference do not match.TypeError
– If weights or weights_groupselections is not of the appropriate type; see alsoMDAnalysis.lib.util.get_weights()
ValueError
– If weights are not compatible with atomgroup (not the same length) or if it is not a 1D array (seeMDAnalysis.lib.util.get_weights()
).A
ValueError
is also raised if the length of weights_groupselections are not compatible with groupselections.
Notes
The root mean square deviation \(\rho(t)\) of a group of \(N\) atoms relative to a reference structure as a function of time is calculated as
\[\rho(t) = \sqrt{\frac{1}{N} \sum_{i=1}^N w_i \left(\mathbf{x}_i(t)  \mathbf{x}_i^{\text{ref}}\right)^2}\]The weights \(w_i\) are calculated from the input weights weights \(w'_i\) as relative to the mean of the input weights:
\[w_i = \frac{w'_i}{\langle w' \rangle}\]The selected coordinates from atomgroup are optimally superimposed (translation and rotation) on the reference coordinates at each time step as to minimize the RMSD. Douglas Theobald’s fast QCP algorithm [Theobald2005] is used for the rotational superposition and to calculate the RMSD (see
MDAnalysis.lib.qcprot
for implementation details).The class runs various checks on the input to ensure that the two atom groups can be compared. This includes a comparison of atom masses (i.e., only the positions of atoms of the same mass will be considered to be correct for comparison). If masses should not be checked, just set tol_mass to a large value such as 1000.
See also
New in version 0.7.7.
Changed in version 0.8: groupselections added
Changed in version 0.16.0: Flexible weighting scheme with new weights keyword.
Deprecated since version 0.16.0: Instead of
mass_weighted=True
(removal in 0.17.0) use newweights='mass'
; refactored to fit with AnalysisBase APIChanged in version 0.17.0: removed deprecated mass_weighted keyword; groupselections are not rotationally superimposed any more.
Changed in version 1.0.0: filename keyword was removed.

results.
rmsd
¶ Contains the time series of the RMSD as an N×3
numpy.ndarray
array with content[[frame, time (ps), RMSD (A)], [...], ...]
.New in version 2.0.0.

rmsd
¶ Alias to the
results.rmsd
attribute.Deprecated since version 2.0.0: Will be removed in MDAnalysis 3.0.0. Please use
results.rmsd
instead.

run
(start=None, stop=None, step=None, verbose=None)¶ Perform the calculation
Parameters:

class
MDAnalysis.analysis.rms.
RMSF
(atomgroup, **kwargs)[source]¶ Calculate RMSF of given atoms across a trajectory.
Note
No RMSDsuperposition is performed; it is assumed that the user is providing a trajectory where the protein of interest has been structurally aligned to a reference structure (see the Examples section below). The protein also has be whole because periodic boundaries are not taken into account.
Run the analysis with
RMSF.run()
, which stores the results in the arrayRMSF.results.rmsf
.Parameters: Raises: ValueError
– raised if negative values are calculated, which indicates that a numerical overflow or underflow occuredNotes
The root mean square fluctuation of an atom \(i\) is computed as the time average
\[\rho_i = \sqrt{\left\langle (\mathbf{x}_i  \langle\mathbf{x}_i\rangle)^2 \right\rangle}\]No mass weighting is performed.
This method implements an algorithm for computing sums of squares while avoiding overflows and underflows [Welford1962].
Examples
In this example we calculate the residue RMSF fluctuations by analyzing the \(\text{C}_\alpha\) atoms. First we need to fit the trajectory to the average structure as a reference. That requires calculating the average structure first. Because we need to analyze and manipulate the same trajectory multiple times, we are going to load it into memory using the
MemoryReader
. (If your trajectory does not fit into memory, you will need to write out intermediate trajectories to disk or generate an inmemory universe that only contains, say, the protein):import MDAnalysis as mda from MDAnalysis.analysis import align from MDAnalysis.tests.datafiles import TPR, XTC u = mda.Universe(TPR, XTC, in_memory=True) protein = u.select_atoms("protein") # 1) the current trajectory contains a protein split across # periodic boundaries, so we first make the protein whole and # center it in the box using onthefly transformations import MDAnalysis.transformations as trans not_protein = u.select_atoms('not protein') transforms = [trans.unwrap(protein), trans.center_in_box(protein, wrap=True), trans.wrap(not_protein)] u.trajectory.add_transformations(*transforms) # 2) fit to the initial frame to get a better average structure # (the trajectory is changed in memory) prealigner = align.AlignTraj(u, u, select="protein and name CA", in_memory=True).run() # 3) reference = average structure ref_coordinates = u.trajectory.timeseries(asel=protein).mean(axis=1) # make a reference structure (need to reshape into a 1frame # "trajectory") reference = mda.Merge(protein).load_new(ref_coordinates[:, None, :], order="afc")
We created a new universe
reference
that contains a single frame with the averaged coordinates of the protein. Now we need to fit the whole trajectory to the reference by minimizing the RMSD. We useMDAnalysis.analysis.align.AlignTraj
:aligner = align.AlignTraj(u, reference, select="protein and name CA", in_memory=True).run()
The trajectory is now fitted to the reference (the RMSD is stored as aligner.results.rmsd for further inspection). Now we can calculate the RMSF:
from MDAnalysis.analysis.rms import RMSF calphas = protein.select_atoms("name CA") rmsfer = RMSF(calphas, verbose=True).run()
and plot:
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.plot(calphas.resnums, rmsfer.results.rmsf)
References
[Welford1962] B. P. Welford (1962). “Note on a Method for Calculating Corrected Sums of Squares and Products.” Technometrics 4(3):419420. New in version 0.11.0.
Changed in version 0.16.0: refactored to fit with AnalysisBase API
Deprecated since version 0.16.0: the keyword argument quiet is deprecated in favor of verbose.
Changed in version 0.17.0: removed unused keyword weights
Changed in version 1.0.0: Support for the
start
,stop
, andstep
keywords has been removed. These should instead be passed toRMSF.run()
.
results.
rmsf
¶ Results are stored in this Nlength
numpy.ndarray
array, giving RMSFs for each of the given atoms.New in version 2.0.0.

rmsf
¶ Alias to the
results.rmsf
attribute.Deprecated since version 2.0.0: Will be removed in MDAnalysis 3.0.0. Please use
results.rmsf
instead.

run
(start=None, stop=None, step=None, verbose=None)¶ Perform the calculation
Parameters:
