# Test Problems

For every problem, one can turn it into a test problem by adding `analytical`

to the `DEFunction`

.

## No Analytical Solution

However, in many cases the analytical solution cannot be found, and therefore one uses a low-tolerance calculation as a stand-in for a solution. The JuliaDiffEq ecosystem supports this through the `TestSolution`

type in DiffEqDevTools. There are three constructors. The code is simple, so here it is:

```
type TestSolution <: DESolution
t
u
interp
dense
end
(T::TestSolution)(t) = T.interp(t)
TestSolution(t,u) = TestSolution(t,u,nothing,false)
TestSolution(t,u,interp) = TestSolution(t,u,interp,true)
TestSolution(interp::DESolution) = TestSolution(nothing,nothing,interp,true)
```

This acts like a solution. When used in conjunction with `apprxtrue`

:

`appxtrue(sol::AbstractODESolution,sol2::TestSolution)`

you can use it to build a `TestSolution`

from a problem (like `ODETestSolution`

) which holds the errors If you only give it `t`

and `u`

, then it can only calculate the final error. If the `TestSolution`

has an interpolation, it will define timeseries and dense errors.

(Note: I would like it so that way the timeseries error will be calculated on the times of `sol.t in sol2.t`

which would act nicely with `tstops`

and when interpolations don't exist, but haven't gotten to it!)

These can then be passed to other functionality. For example, the benchmarking functions allow one to set `appxsol`

which is a `TestSolution`

for the benchmark solution to calculate errors against, and `error_estimate`

allows one to choose which error estimate to use in the benchmarking (defaults to `:final`

).

## Related Functions

`DiffEqDevTools.appxtrue`

— Function.`appxtrue(sol::AbstractODESolution,sol2::TestSolution)`

Uses the interpolant from the higher order solution sol2 to approximate errors for sol. If sol2 has no interpolant, only the final error is calculated.

`appxtrue(sol::AbstractODESolution,sol2::AbstractODESolution)`

Uses the interpolant from the higher order solution sol2 to approximate errors for sol. If sol2 has no interpolant, only the final error is calculated.