# Control Mechanisms¶

## Overview¶

A ControlMechanism is a Modulatory Mechanisms that modulates the value(s) of one or more Ports of other Mechanisms in the Composition to which it belongs. In general, a ControlMechanism is used to modulate the ParameterPort(s) of one or more Mechanisms, that determine the value(s) of the parameter(s) of the function(s) of those Mechanism(s). However, a ControlMechanism can also be used to modulate the function of InputPorts and/or OutputPort, much like a Gating Mechanism. A ControlMechanism’s function calculates a control_allocation: a list of values provided to each of its control_signals. Its control_signals are ControlSignal OutputPorts that are used to modulate the parameters of other Mechanisms’ function (see Modulation for a more detailed description of how modulation operates). A ControlMechanism can be configured to monitor the outputs of other Mechanisms in order to determine its control_allocation, by specifying these in the monitor_for_control argument of its constructor, or in the monitor argument of an ObjectiveMechanism assigned to its objective_mechanism argument (see Creating a ControlMechanism below). A ControlMechanism can also be assigned as the controller of a Composition, which has a special relation to that Composition: it generally executes either before or after all of the other Mechanisms in that Composition (see Controller Execution). The OutputPorts monitored by the ControlMechanism or its objective_mechanism, and the parameters it modulates can be listed using its show method.

### ControlMechanisms and a Composition¶

A ControlMechanism can be assigned to a Composition and executed just like any other Mechanism. It can also be assigned as the controller of a Composition, that has a special relation to the Composition: it is used to control all of the parameters that have been specified for control in that Composition. A ControlMechanism can be the controller for only one Composition, and a Composition can have only one controller. When a ControlMechanism is assigned as the controller of a Composition (either in the Composition’s constructor, or using its add_controller method, the ControlMechanism assumes control over all of the parameters that have been specified for control for Components in the Composition. The Composition’s controller is executed either before or after all of the other Components in the Composition are executed, including any other ControlMechanisms that belong to it (see Controller Execution). A ControlMechanism can be assigned as the controller for a Composition by specifying it in the controller argument of the Composition’s constructor, or by using the Composition’s add_controller method. A Composition’s controller and its associated Components can be displayed using the Composition’s show_graph method with its show_control argument assigned as True.

## Creating a ControlMechanism¶

A ControlMechanism is created by calling its constructor. When a ControlMechanism is created, the OutputPorts it monitors and the Ports it modulates can be specified in the montior_for_control and objective_mechanism arguments of its constructor, respectively. Each can be specified in several ways, as described below. If neither of those arguments is specified, then only the ControlMechanism is constructed, and its inputs and the parameters it modulates must be specified in some other way.

### Specifying OutputPorts to be monitored¶

A ControlMechanism can be configured to monitor the output of other Mechanisms directly (by receiving direct Projections from their OutputPorts), or by way of an ObjectiveMechanism that evaluates those outputs and passes the result to the ControlMechanism (see below for more detailed description). The following figures show an example of each:

Note that, in the figures above, the ControlProjections are designated with square “arrowheads”, and the ControlMechanisms are shown as septagons to indicate that their ControlProjections create a feedback loop (see Composition_Initial_Values_and_Feedback; also, see below regarding specification of a ControlMechanism and associated ObjectiveMechanism in a Composition’s add_linear_processing_pathway method).

Which configuration is used is determined by how the following arguments of the ControlMechanism’s constructor are specified (also see Examples):

• objective_mechanism – if this is specfied in any way other than False or None (the default), then an ObjectiveMechanism is created that projects to the ControlMechanism and, when added to a Composition, is assigned Projections from all of the OutputPorts specified either in the monitor_for_control argument of the ControlMechanism’s constructor, or the monitor argument of the ObjectiveMechanism’s constructor (see Objective Mechanism for details). The objective_mechanism argument can be specified in any of the following ways:
• False or None – no ObjectiveMechanism is created and, when the ControlMechanism is added to a Composition, Projections from the OutputPorts specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument are sent directly to ControlMechanism (see specification of monitor_for_control argument).
• True – an ObjectiveMechanism is created that projects to the ControlMechanism, and any OutputPorts specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument are assigned to ObjectiveMechanism’s monitor argument instead (see Objective Mechanism for additional details).
• a list of OutputPort specifications; an ObjectiveMechanism is created that projects to the ControlMechanism, and the list of OutputPorts specified, together with any specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument, are assigned to the ObjectiveMechanism’s monitor argument (see Objective Mechanism for additional details).
• a constructor for an ObjectiveMechanism – the specified ObjectiveMechanism is created, adding any OutputPorts specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument to any specified in the ObjectiveMechanism’s monitor argument . This can be used to specify the function used by the ObjectiveMechanism to evaluate the OutputPorts monitored as well as how it weights those OutputPorts when they are evaluated (see below for additional details).
• an existing ObjectiveMechanism – for any OutputPorts specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument, an InputPort is added to the ObjectiveMechanism, along with MappingProjection to it from the specified OutputPort. This can be used to specify an ObjectiveMechanism with a custom function and weighting of the OutputPorts monitored (see below for additional details).

The OutputPorts monitored by a ControlMechanism or its objective_mechanism are listed in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control attribute (and are the same as those listed in the monitor attribute of the objective_mechanism, if specified).

Note that the MappingProjections created by specification of a ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument or the monitor argument in the constructor for an ObjectiveMechanism in the ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism argument supercede any MappingProjections that would otherwise be created for them when included in the pathway argument of a Composition’s add_linear_processing_pathway method.

#### Objective Mechanism¶

If an ObjectiveMechanism is specified for a ControlMechanism (in the objective_mechanism argument of its constructor; also see Examples), it is assigned to the ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism attribute, and a MappingProjection is created automatically that projects from the ObjectiveMechanism’s OUTCOME output_port to the OUTCOME input_port of the ControlMechanism.

The objective_mechanism is used to monitor the OutputPorts specified in the monitor_for_control argument of the ControlMechanism’s constructor, as well as any specified in the monitor argument of the ObjectiveMechanism’s constructor. Specifically, for each OutputPort specified in either place, an input_port is added to the ObjectiveMechanism. OutputPorts to be monitored (and corresponding input_ports) can be added to the objective_mechanism later, by using its add_to_monitor method. The set of OutputPorts monitored by the objective_mechanism are listed in its monitor attribute, as well as in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control attribute.

When the ControlMechanism is added to a Composition, the objective_mechanism is also automatically added, and MappingProjectons are created from each of the OutputPorts that it monitors to its corresponding input_ports. When the Composition is run, the value(s) of the OutputPort(s) monitored are evaluated using the objective_mechanism’s function, and the result is assigned to its OUTCOME output_port. That value is then passed to the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME input_port, which is used by the ControlMechanism’s function to determine its control_allocation.

If a default ObjectiveMechanism is created by the ControlMechanism (i.e., when True or a list of OutputPorts is specified for the objective_mechanism argument of the constructor), then the ObjectiveMechanism is created with its standard default function (LinearCombination), but using PRODUCT (rather than the default, SUM) as the value of the function’s operation parameter. The result is that the objective_mechanism multiplies the values of the OutputPorts that it monitors, which it passes to the ControlMechanism. However, if the objective_mechanism is specified using either a constructor for, or an existing ObjectiveMechanism, then the defaults for the ObjectiveMechanism class – and any attributes explicitly specified in its construction – are used. In that case, if the LinearCombination with PRODUCT as its operation parameter are still desired, this must be explicitly specified. This is illustrated in the following examples.

The following example specifies a Control Mechanisms that automatically constructs its objective_mechanism:

>>> from psyneulink import *
>>> my_ctl_mech = ControlMechanism(objective_mechanism=True)
>>> assert isinstance(my_ctl_mech.objective_mechanism.function, LinearCombination)
>>> assert my_ctl_mech.objective_mechanism.function.operation == PRODUCT


Notice that LinearCombination was assigned as the function of the objective_mechanism, and PRODUCT as its operation parameter.

By contrast, the following example explicitly specifies the objective_mechanism argument using a constructor for an ObjectiveMechanism:

>>> my_ctl_mech = ControlMechanism(objective_mechanism=ObjectiveMechanism())
>>> assert isinstance(my_ctl_mech.objective_mechanism.function, LinearCombination)
>>> assert my_ctl_mech.objective_mechanism.function.operation == SUM


In this case, the defaults for the ObjectiveMechanism’s class are used for its function, which is a LinearCombination function with SUM as its operation parameter.

Specifying the ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism with a constructor also provides greater control over how ObjectiveMechanism evaluates the OutputPorts it monitors. In addition to specifying its function, the monitor_weights_and_exponents argument can be used to parameterize the relative contribution made by the monitored OutputPorts when they are evaluated by that function (see Examples).

### Specifying Parameters to Control¶

This can be specified in either of two ways (see Examples in ControlSignal):

With a ControlMechanism itself

The parameters controlled by a ControlMechanism can be specified in the control argument of its constructor; the argument must be a specification for one more ControlSignals. The parameter to be controlled must belong to a Component in the same Composition as the ControlMechanism when it is added to the Composition, or an error will occur.

With a Parameter to be controlled by the controller of a Composition

Control can also be specified for a parameter where the parameter itself is specified, by including the specification of a ControlSignal, ControlProjection, or the keyword CONTROL in a tuple specification for the parameter. In this case, the specified parameter will be assigned for control by the controller of any Composition to which its Component belongs, when the Component is added to the Composition (see ControlMechanisms and a Composition). Conversely, when a ControlMechanism is assigned as the controller of a Composition, a ControlSignal is created and assigned to the ControlMechanism for every parameter of any Component in the Composition that has been specified for control.

In general, a ControlSignal is created for each parameter specified to be controlled by a ControlMechanism. These are a type of OutputPort that send a ControlProjection to the ParameterPort of the parameter to be controlled. All of the ControlSignals for a ControlMechanism are listed in its control_signals attribute, and all of its ControlProjections are listed in its control_projections attribute (see Examples).

## Structure¶

### Input¶

By default, a ControlMechanism has a single (primary) input_port that is named OUTCOME. If the ControlMechanism has an objective_mechanism, then the OUTCOME input_port receives a single MappingProjection from the objective_mechanism’s OUTCOME OutputPort (see Objective Mechanism for additional details). Otherwise, when the ControlMechanism is added to a Composition, MappingProjections are created that project to the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME input_port from each of the OutputPorts specified in the monitor_for_control argument of its constructor. The value of the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME InputPort is assigned to its outcome attribute), and is used as the input to the ControlMechanism’s function to determine its control_allocation.

### Function¶

A ControlMechanism’s function uses its outcome attribute (the value of its OUTCOME InputPort) to generate a control_allocation. By default, its function is assigned the DefaultAllocationFunction, which takes a single value as its input, and assigns that as the value of each item of control_allocation. Each of these items is assigned as the allocation for the corresponding ControlSignal in control_signals. This distributes the ControlMechanism’s input as the allocation to each of its control_signals. This same behavior also applies to any custom function assigned to a ControlMechanism that returns a 2d array with a single item in its outer dimension (axis 0). If a function is assigned that returns a 2d array with more than one item, and it has the same number of control_signals, then each ControlSignal is assigned to the corresponding item of the function’s value. However, these default behaviors can be modified by specifying that individual ControlSignals reference different items in control_allocation as their variable (see OutputPort variable).

### Output¶

The OutputPorts of a ControlMechanism are ControlSignals (listed in its control_signals attribute). It has a ControlSignal for each parameter specified in the control argument of its constructor, that sends a ControlProjection to the ParameterPort for the corresponding parameter. The ControlSignals are listed in the control_signals attribute; since they are a type of OutputPort, they are also listed in the ControlMechanism’s output_ports attribute. The parameters modulated by a ControlMechanism’s ControlSignals can be displayed using its show method. By default, each ControlSignal is assigned as its allocation the value of the corresponding item of the ControlMechanism’s control_allocation; however, subtypes of ControlMechanism may assign allocations differently. The default_allocation attribute can be used to specify a default allocation for ControlSignals that have not been assigned their own default_allocation. The allocation is used by each ControlSignal to determine its intensity, which is then assigned to the value of the ControlSignal’s ControlProjection. The value of the ControlProjection is used by the ParameterPort to which it projects to modify the value of the parameter it controls (see Modulation for description of how a ControlSignal modulates the value of a parameter).

### Costs and Net Outcome¶

A ControlMechanism’s control_signals are each associated with a set of costs, that are computed individually by each ControlSignal when they are executed by the ControlMechanism. The costs last computed by the control_signals are assigned to the ControlMechanism’s costs attribute. A ControlMechanism also has a set of methods – combine_costs, compute_reconfiguration_cost, and compute_net_outcome – that can be used to compute the combined costs of its control_signals, a reconfiguration_cost based on their change in value, and a net_outcome (the value of the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME input_port minus its combined costs), respectively (see ControlMechanism_Costs_Computation below for additional details). These methods are used by some subclasses of ControlMechanism (e.g., OptimizationControlMechanism) to compute their control_allocation. Each method is assigned a default function, but can be assigned a custom functions in a corrsponding argument of the ControlMechanism’s constructor (see links to attributes for details).

Reconfiguration Cost

A ControlMechanism’s reconfiguration_cost is distinct from the costs of the ControlMechanism’s ControlSignals, and in particular it is not the same as their adjustment_cost. The latter, if specified by a ControlSignal, is computed individually by that ControlSignal using its adjustment_cost_function, based on the change in its intensity from its last execution. In contrast, a ControlMechanism’s reconfiguration_cost is computed by its compute_reconfiguration_cost function, based on the change in its control_allocation ControlMechanism.control_allocation> from the last execution, that will be applied to all of its control_signals. By default, compute_reconfiguration_cost is assigned as the Distance function with the EUCLIDEAN metric).

## Execution¶

If a ControlMechanism is assigned as the controller of a Composition, then it is executed either before or after all of the other Mechanisms executed in a TRIAL for that Composition, depending on the value assigned to the Composition’s controller_mode attribute (see Controller Execution). If a ControlMechanism is added to a Composition for which it is not a controller, then it executes in the same way as a ProcessingMechanism, based on its place in the Composition’s graph. Because ControlProjections are likely to introduce cycles (recurrent connection loops) in the graph, the effects of a ControlMechanism and its projections will generally not be applied in the first TRIAL (see feedback argument for the add_projection method of Composition for a description of how to configure the initialization of feedback loops in a Composition; also see Scheduler for a description of detailed ways in which a GatingMechanism and its dependents can be scheduled to execute).

The ControlMechanism’s function takes as its input the value of its OUTCOME input_port (also contained in outcome). It uses that to determine the control_allocation, which specifies the value assigned to the allocation of each of its ControlSignals. Each ControlSignal uses that value to calculate its intensity, as well as its cost to modulate the value of the ParameterPort(s) for the parameter(s) it controls, which are then used in the subsequent TRIAL of execution.

Note

Ports that receive a ControlProjection does not update its value until its owner Mechanism executes (see Lazy Evaluation for an explanation of “lazy” updating). This means that even if a ControlMechanism has executed, a parameter that it controls will not assume its new value until the Mechanism to which it belongs has executed.

Computation of Costs and Net_Outcome

Once the ControlMechanism’s function has executed, if compute_reconfiguration_cost has been specified, then it is used to compute the reconfiguration_cost for its control_allocation (see above. After that, each of the ControlMechanism’s control_signals calculates its cost, based on its intensity. The ControlMechanism then combines these with the reconfiguration_cost using its combine_costs function, and the result is assigned to the costs attribute. Finally, the ControlMechanism uses this, together with its outcome attribute, to compute a net_outcome using its compute_net_outcome function. This is used by some subclasses of ControlMechanism (e.g., OptimizationControlMechanism) to compute its control_allocation for the next TRIAL of execution.

Examples

The examples below focus on the specificaiton of the objective_mechanism for a ControlMechanism. See Control Signal Examples for examples of how to specify the ControlSignals for a ControlMechanism.

The following example creates a ControlMechanism by specifying its objective_mechanism using a constructor that specifies the OutputPorts to be monitored by its objective_mechanism and the function used to evaluate these:

>>> my_mech_A = ProcessingMechanism(name="Mech A")
>>> my_DDM = DDM(name="My DDM")
>>> my_mech_B = ProcessingMechanism(function=Logistic,
...                                 name="Mech B")

>>> my_control_mech = ControlMechanism(
...                          objective_mechanism=ObjectiveMechanism(monitor=[(my_mech_A, 2, 1),
...                                                                           my_DDM.output_ports[RESPONSE_TIME]],
...                                                                 name="Objective Mechanism"),
...                          function=LinearCombination(operation=PRODUCT),
...                          control_signals=[(THRESHOLD, my_DDM),
...                                           (GAIN, my_mech_B)],
...                          name="My Control Mech")


This creates an ObjectiveMechanism for the ControlMechanism that monitors the primary OutputPort of my_mech_A and the RESPONSE_TIME OutputPort of my_DDM; its function first multiplies the former by 2, then takes product of their values and passes the result as the input to the ControlMechanism. The ControlMechanism’s function uses this value to determine the allocation for its ControlSignals, that control the value of the threshold parameter of the DriftDiffusionAnalytical Function for my_DDM and the gain parameter of the Logistic Function for my_transfer_mech_B.

The following example specifies the same set of OutputPorts for the ObjectiveMechanism, by assigning them directly to the objective_mechanism argument:

>>> my_control_mech = ControlMechanism(
...                             objective_mechanism=[(my_mech_A, 2, 1),
...                                                  my_DDM.output_ports[RESPONSE_TIME]],
...                             control_signals=[(THRESHOLD, my_DDM),
...                                              (GAIN, my_mech_B)])


Note that, while this form is more succinct, it precludes specifying the ObjectiveMechanism’s function. Therefore, the values of the monitored OutputPorts will be added (the default) rather than multiplied.

The ObjectiveMechanism can also be created on its own, and then referenced in the constructor for the ControlMechanism:

>>> my_obj_mech = ObjectiveMechanism(monitored_output_ports=[(my_mech_A, 2, 1),
...                                                            my_DDM.output_ports[RESPONSE_TIME]],
...                                      function=LinearCombination(operation=PRODUCT))

>>> my_control_mech = ControlMechanism(
...                        objective_mechanism=my_obj_mech,
...                        control_signals=[(THRESHOLD, my_DDM),
...                                         (GAIN, my_mech_B)])


Here, as in the first example, the constructor for the ObjectiveMechanism can be used to specify its function, as well as the OutputPort that it monitors.

## Class Reference¶

class psyneulink.core.components.mechanisms.modulatory.control.controlmechanism.ControlMechanism(system=None, monitor_for_control=None, objective_mechanism=None, function=Linear, default_allocation=None, control=None, modulation=MULTIPLICATIVE, combine_costs=np.sum, compute_reconfiguration_cost=None, compute_net_outcome=lambda x, y:x-y)

Subclass of ModulatoryMechanism that modulates the parameter(s) of one or more Component(s). See Mechanism for additional arguments and attributes.

Parameters: system (System or bool : default None) – specifies the System to which the ControlMechanism should be assigned as its controller. monitor_for_control (List[OutputPort or Mechanism] : default None) – specifies the OutputPorts to be monitored by the ObjectiveMechanism, if specified in the objective_mechanism argument (see Objective Mechanism), or directly by the ControlMechanism itself if an objective_mechanism is not specified. If any specification is a Mechanism (rather than its OutputPort), its primary OutputPort is used (see Specifying OutputPorts to be monitored for additional details). objective_mechanism (ObjectiveMechanism or List[OutputPort specification] : default None) – specifies either an ObjectiveMechanism to use for the ControlMechanism, or a list of the OutputPorts it should monitor; if a list of OutputPort specifications is used, a default ObjectiveMechanism is created and the list is passed to its monitor argument, along with any OutputPorts specified in the ControlMechanism’s monitor_for_control argument. function (TransferFunction : default Linear(slope=1, intercept=0)) – specifies function used to combine values of monitored OutputPorts. default_allocation (number, list or 1d array : None) – specifies the default_allocation of any control_signals for which the default_allocation was not specified in its constructor (see default_allocation for additional details). control (ControlSignal specification or list[ControlSignal specification, ..]) – specifies the parameters to be controlled by the ControlMechanism; a ControlSignal is created for each (see Specifying ControlSignals for details of specification). modulation (str : MULTIPLICATIVE) – specifies the default form of modulation used by the ControlMechanism’s ControlSignals, unless they are individually specified. combine_costs (Function, function or method : default np.sum) – specifies function used to combine the cost of the ControlMechanism’s control_signals; must take a list or 1d array of scalar values as its argument and return a list or array with a single scalar value. compute_reconfiguration_cost (Function, function or method : default None) – specifies function used to compute the ControlMechanism’s reconfiguration_cost; must take a list or 2d array containing two lists or 1d arrays, both with the same shape as the ControlMechanism’s control_allocation attribute, and return a scalar value. compute_net_outcome (Function, function or method : default lambda outcome, cost: outcome-cost) – function used to combine the values of its outcome and costs attributes; must take two 1d arrays (outcome and cost) with scalar values as its arguments and return an array with a single scalar value.
system

System_Base – The System for which the ControlMechanism is a controller. Note that this is distinct from a Mechanism’s systems attribute, which lists all of the Systems to which a Mechanism belongs – a ControlMechanism can belong to but not be the controller of a System.

objective_mechanism

ObjectiveMechanismObjectiveMechanism that monitors and evaluates the values specified in the ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism argument, and transmits the result to the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME input_port.

monitor_for_control

List[OutputPort] – each item is an OutputPort monitored by the ControlMechanism or its objective_mechanism if that is specified (see Specifying OutputPorts to be monitored); in the latter case, the list returned is ObjectiveMechanism’s monitor attribute.

monitored_output_ports_weights_and_exponents

List[Tuple(float, float)] – each tuple in the list contains the weight and exponent associated with a corresponding OutputPort specified in monitor_for_control; if objective_mechanism is specified, these are the same as those in the ObjectiveMechanism’s monitor_weights_and_exponents attribute, and are used by the ObjectiveMechanism’s function to parametrize the contribution made to its output by each of the values that it monitors (see ObjectiveMechanism Function).

input_port

InputPort – the ControlMechanism’s primary InputPort, named OUTCOME; this receives a MappingProjection from the OUTCOME OutputPort of objective_mechanism if that is specified; otherwise, it receives MappingProjections from each of the OutputPorts specifed in monitor_for_control (see Input for additional details).

outcome

1d array – the value of the ControlMechanism’s OUTCOME input_port.

function

TransferFunction : default Linear(slope=1, intercept=0) – determines how the values of the OutputPorts specified in the monitor_for_control argument of the ControlMechanism’s constructor are used to generate its control_allocation.

default_allocation

number, list or 1d array – determines the default_allocation of any control_signals for which the default_allocation was not specified in its constructor; if it is None (not specified) then the ControlSignal’s parameters.allocation.default_value is used. See documentation for default_allocation argument of ControlSignal constructor for additional details.

control_allocation

2d array – each item is the value assigned as the allocation for the corresponding ControlSignal listed in the control_signals attribute; the control_allocation is the same as the ControlMechanism’s value attribute).

control_signals

ContentAddressableList[ControlSignal] – list of the ControlSignals for the ControlMechanism, including any inherited from a Composition for which it is a controller (same as ControlMechanism’s output_ports attribute); each sends a ControlProjection to the ParameterPort for the parameter it controls

compute_reconfiguration_cost

Function, function or method – function used to compute the ControlMechanism’s reconfiguration_cost; result is a scalar value representing the difference — defined by the function — between the values of the ControlMechanism’s current and last control_alloction, that can be accessed by reconfiguration_cost attribute.

reconfiguration_cost

scalar – result of compute_reconfiguration_cost function, that computes the difference between the values of the ControlMechanism’s current and last control_alloction; value is None and is ignored if compute_reconfiguration_cost has not been specified.

A ControlMechanism’s reconfiguration_cost is not the same as the adjustment_cost of its ControlSignals (see Reconfiguration Cost for additional details).

costs

list – current costs for the ControlMechanism’s control_signals, computed for each using its compute_costs method.

combine_costs

Function, function or method – function used to combine the cost of its control_signals; result is an array with a scalar value that can be accessed by combined_costs.

Note

This function is distinct from the combine_costs_function of a ControlSignal. The latter combines the different costs for an individual ControlSignal to yield its overall cost; the ControlMechanism’s combine_costs function combines those costs for its control_signals.

combined_costs

1d array – result of the ControlMechanism’s combine_costs function.

compute_net_outcome

Function, function or method – function used to combine the values of its outcome and costs attributes; result is an array with a scalar value that can be accessed by the the net_outcome attribute.

net_outcome

1d array – result of the ControlMechanism’s compute_net_outcome function.

control_projections

List[ControlProjection] – list of ControlProjections that project from the ControlMechanism’s control_signals.

modulation

str – the default form of modulation used by the ControlMechanism’s ControlSignals, unless they are individually specified.

add_to_monitor(monitor_specs, context=None)

Instantiate OutputPorts to be monitored by ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism.

monitored_output_ports can be any of the following:

If any item is a Mechanism, its primary OutputPort is used. OutputPorts must belong to Mechanisms in the same System as the ControlMechanism.

assign_as_controller(system: psyneulink.core.components.shellclasses.System_Base, context=None)

Assign ControlMechanism as controller for a System.

system must be a System for which the ControlMechanism should be assigned as the controller. If the specified System already has a controller, it will be replaced by the current one, and the current one will inherit any ControlSignals previously specified for the old controller or the System itself. If the current one is already the controller for another System, it will be disabled for that System.

outputPortTypes

alias of ControlSignal

show()

Display the OutputPorts monitored by ControlMechanism’s objective_mechanism and the parameters modulated by its control_signals.

class psyneulink.core.components.mechanisms.modulatory.control.controlmechanism.DefaultAllocationFunction(default_variable=None, params=None, owner=None)

Take a single 1d item and return a 2d array with n identical items Takes the default input (a single value in the OUTCOME InputPort of the ControlMechanism), and returns the same allocation for each of its control_signals`.