Modeling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB

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Fall Semester 2012


The course takes 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.

The sign-up for the final oral presentations is now closed; the schedule for the presentations on Dec. 18th and 19th 2012 may be downloaded here.

Important Links:

Projects page
GitHub Repository of the Course


(please use "save link as" to download) (LaTeX) (ZIP, 59 KB), reportTemplate.doc (DOC, 30 KB), ETH Declaration of Originality (PDF, 284 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, MATLAB and GIT Introduction Course (PDF, 1.3 MB), Introduction GIT, (PDF, 501 KB) Introduction MATLAB (PDF, 661 KB), Exercise Solutions (ZIP, 3 KB)
2 - Plotting/Statistics in MATLAB; First Steps in GIT; Research Proposal & Project
Stats & Plotting (PDF, 1.1 MB), First Steps GIT (PDF, 468 KB), Project & Proposal, (PDF, 1.3 MB) cities.m (M, 4 KB), countries.m (M, 7 KB), additional material on plotting (ZIP, 635 KB)
3 - Dynamical Systems; Git Connected Dynamical Systems (PDF, 1.3 MB), GIT Connected (PDF, 531 KB), pendulum.m (M, 601 Bytes), lorenzattractor.m (M, 699 Bytes)
4 - Cellular Automata
Cellular Automata (PDF, 2.3 MB), draw_car.m (M, 764 Bytes), simulate_cars.m (M, 2 KB), simulate_cars_video.m (M, 2 KB), simulate_cars_video_w7.m (M, 2 KB), disease.m (M, 2 KB)  
5 - Game Theory and Agent-based modeling
ABM and Game Theory (PDF, 1.4 MB)
iterated prisoner dilemma (ZIP, 2 KB)
6 - Introduction to Graphs/Networks
Introduction to Networks (PDF, 2.6 MB)
(check out the files in the github repo)
7 - Simulations with Networks
Simulation with Networks (PDF, 2.4 MB), additional material (ZIP, 365 KB)
8 - Continuous Space Simulations
Continuous Modeling (PDF, 1.8 MB)
9 - Optimization and Parallelization
Optimization (PDF, 407 KB), example code (ZIP, 5 KB)
10 - Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing
Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing (PDF, 1.2 MB)
11 - Evolutionary Stability and Replicator Dynamics
Evolutionary Dynamics (PDF, 8.4 MB)
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