AMBER Archive (2004)Subject: Re: AMBER: end point contribution in MCTI
From: David A. Case (case_at_scripps.edu)
Date: Fri Nov 05 2004  10:36:31 CST
On Fri, Nov 05, 2004, Cai, Yufeng wrote:
> I read a paper of doing MCTI using charmm package. In which they run
> MD on the separate lambda value: 0.02 0.1 0.2...0.9 0.98, and use
> trapezoidal rule to calculate the energy between lambda 0.02 and 0.98.
> Then calculate the end point contribution separately.
> In sander MCTI, a table of lambda value and weight is provided in
> the manual. The weights add up to 1. And I don't understand how people
> get these lambda values and weights. Are we assuming that the end point
> energy will be smooth in sander?
The points and weights in the Amber manual are just for Gaussian quadrature
of a (smooth) function. Check your math books, or google for "Gaussian
quadrature" for information.
If you expect a nonsmooth integrand, then you should either think about
setting klambda in sander and/or using a different quadrature scheme. It
never hurts to investigage endpoint effects carefully.
...dac

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