# Instantiating Models¶

If you start with a `ConcreteModel`

, each component
you add to the model will be fully constructed and initialized at the
time it attached to the model. However, if you are starting with an
`AbstractModel`

, construction occurs in two
phases. When you first declare and attach components to the model,
those components are empty containers and *not* fully constructed, even
if you explicitly provide data.

```
>>> import pyomo.environ as pyo
>>> model = pyo.AbstractModel()
>>> model.is_constructed()
False
>>> model.p = pyo.Param(initialize=5)
>>> model.p.is_constructed()
False
>>> model.I = pyo.Set(initialize=[1,2,3])
>>> model.x = pyo.Var(model.I)
>>> model.x.is_constructed()
False
```

If you look at the `model`

at this point, you will see that everything
is “empty”:

```
>>> model.pprint()
1 Set Declarations
I : Size=0, Index=None, Ordered=Insertion
Not constructed
1 Param Declarations
p : Size=0, Index=None, Domain=Any, Default=None, Mutable=False
Not constructed
1 Var Declarations
x : Size=0, Index=I
Not constructed
3 Declarations: p I x
```

Before you can manipulate modeling components or solve the model, you
must first create a concrete instance by applying data to your
abstract model. This can be done using the
`create_instance()`

method, which takes
the abstract model and optional data and returns a new concrete
instance by constructing each of the model components in the order in
which they were declared (attached to the model). Note that the
instance creation is performed “out of place”; that is, the original
abstract `model`

is left untouched.

```
>>> instance = model.create_instance()
>>> model.is_constructed()
False
>>> type(instance)
<class 'pyomo.core.base.PyomoModel.ConcreteModel'>
>>> instance.is_constructed()
True
>>> instance.pprint()
1 Set Declarations
I : Size=1, Index=None, Ordered=Insertion
Key : Dimen : Domain : Size : Members
None : 1 : Any : 3 : {1, 2, 3}
1 Param Declarations
p : Size=1, Index=None, Domain=Any, Default=None, Mutable=False
Key : Value
None : 5
1 Var Declarations
x : Size=3, Index=I
Key : Lower : Value : Upper : Fixed : Stale : Domain
1 : None : None : None : False : True : Reals
2 : None : None : None : False : True : Reals
3 : None : None : None : False : True : Reals
3 Declarations: p I x
```

Note

AbstractModel users should note that in some examples, your concrete
model instance is called “instance” and not “model”. This
is the case here, where we are explicitly calling
`instance = model.create_instance()`

.

The `create_instance()`

method can also
take a reference to external data, which overrides any data specified in
the original component declarations. The data can be provided from
several sources, including using a dict,
DataPortal, or DAT file. For example:

```
>>> instance2 = model.create_instance({None: {'I': {None: [4,5]}}})
>>> instance2.pprint()
1 Set Declarations
I : Size=1, Index=None, Ordered=Insertion
Key : Dimen : Domain : Size : Members
None : 1 : Any : 2 : {4, 5}
1 Param Declarations
p : Size=1, Index=None, Domain=Any, Default=None, Mutable=False
Key : Value
None : 5
1 Var Declarations
x : Size=2, Index=I
Key : Lower : Value : Upper : Fixed : Stale : Domain
4 : None : None : None : False : True : Reals
5 : None : None : None : False : True : Reals
3 Declarations: p I x
```