Social Analysis and Modeling for Python

Corey Coughlin corey.coughlin at
Wed Oct 6 23:19:19 CEST 2004

Yeah, working with C made it pretty horrible, you had to use records
and functions to try to simulate objects, and basically it meant that
anytime someone made a change, there was often an unfortunate ripple
effect.  And the memory leaks, ugh.  And my background was electrical
engineering, so that didn't help too much, but I picked things up
pretty quickly.  I made a little knock off version of the program
that, instead of simulating an entire population, took a single
individual and did a monte carlo simulation of possible futures of
that person.  The results were a little more personal that way.  But
that was all a long time ago, I'm sure the state of the art is far
beyond that now.

-------- Corey

Bishara Gabriel <bgabriel at> wrote in message news:<mailman.4191.1096666380.5135.python-list at>...
> Corey Coughlin wrote:
> >Actually, back in school, I worked for a sociology professor doing a
> >human population simulator, where we had all these people objects and
> >a set of functions that updated their attributes as time went on, but
> >we were forced to do it in C to have in run on the campus
> >supercomputer, so it wasn't what you'd call object oriented.  I can
> >see how using Python would make the modeling aspects a lot simpler. 
> >So, to sum, sounds cool, hope you have a lot of sucess with it.
> >
> >  
> >
> C???  My, that isn't even C++.  That must have been a real pain (mind 
> stretcher) I imagine.  What is your area of specialty?
> Thanks for the encouragement.  We also are hoping to have a lot of success!

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