Modelling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB

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Fall Semester 2011


The course will take place every Monday from 5.15 to 6.45 pm in room HG E26.1. Lectures are divided into two parts: in the first 30-40 minutes the material of the respective lecture is covered, the remainder of the 90 minutes lecture consists of supervised exercises.

Project deadline & Oral Presentations

The final grade in the course is based on a 15 min. oral presentation and a written 30-40 pages report (including source code) detailing the research project completed. The deadline for the submission of the final report is December 16th 2011 at midnight, the oral presentations are scheduled as follows:
Monday, December 19th 10.20 am to 1 pm and 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Tuesday, December 20th 3 pm to 6 pm

Please sign up for presentation slots the week of November 28th and December 5th in class or via the course mailing list !

NEW: Current Project Presentations Schedule (PDF, 41 KB)
Link: Projects page
Download: (LaTeX) (ZIP, 59 KB), reportTemplate.doc (DOC, 30 KB)

Course Material

Please find the list of lectures below; the course material for each week will be made available here around noon on the day of the lecture.

1 - Introduction to the Course, to Modeling and MATLAB Introduction to Course (PDF, 1016 KB), Introduction to MATLAB (PDF, 655 KB), Solutions_1 (ZIP, 3 KB)
2 - Plotting/Statistics in MATLAB; Research Proposal & Project
Research Proposal & Project (PDF, 1.1 MB), Plotting & Statistics (PDF, 891 KB), cities.m (M, 4 KB), countries.m, (M, 7 KB) additional material on plotting (ZIP, 631 KB)
3 - Dynamical Systems; Introducing Git Introduction to GIT, (PDF, 526 KB) Dynamical Systems (PDF, 1.2 MB), (MOV, 1.9 MB), lorenzattractor.m (M, 699 Bytes), (MOV, 468 KB), pendulum.m (M, 601 Bytes), lotkavolterra.m (M, 588 Bytes), odetest.m (M, 400 Bytes)
4 - Cellular Automata
Cellular Automata (PDF, 692 KB), (MOV, 865 KB), draw_car.m (M, 621 Bytes), simulate_cars.m (M, 2 KB), simulate_cars_video.m (M, 2 KB), disease.m (M, 2 KB), Solutions_4 (ZIP, 2 KB)
5 - Game Theory and Agent-based modeling
ABM and Game Theory (PDF, 1.3 MB), interated prisoner's dilemma (ZIP, 2 KB)
6 - Introduction to Graphs/Networks
Graphs and Networks (PDF, 2.7 MB), cell2csv.m (M, 2 KB), export.m (M, 611 Bytes)
7 - Simulations with Networks
Simulations with Networks (PDF, 1.4 MB), additional material (ZIP, 365 KB)
8 - Continuous Space Simulations
Continuous Space (PDF, 1.6 MB)
9 - Optimization and Parallelization
Speed and Optimization (PDF, 389 KB)
10 - Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing
Statistical Tests, Report and Scientific Writing (PDF, 1.2 MB)
11 - Evolutionary Stability and Replicator Dynamics
Evolutionary Stability and Replicator Dynamics (PDF, 8.3 MB)
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