Social Analysis and Modeling for Python

Bishara Gabriel bgabriel at cloudthunder.com
Fri Oct 1 03:24:40 CEST 2004


Cameron Laird wrote:

>In article <2s2q4uF1fcanvU1 at uni-berlin.de>, val <val at vtek.com> wrote:
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>>well, 'If this were my proposal, I'd aim for the far more powerful,'
>>"In addition to conventional wisdom, Python may be considered as
>>a unique *science tool* providing an opportunity (1) *to build models
>>programmatically* - using online experimental data, data-driven
>>techniques, and databases integrated with the models, (2) to keep
>>the models in a dynamic format available for online analysis,
>>testing, and updating.  Such online science/reasoning tools may as well be a
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>>communication vehicle among scientists speeding up drastically
>>understanding complex/data-intensive phenomena such as genome dynamics,
>>social processes, terror networks, industrial dynamics, etc."
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>Hear, hear!  Well-done.
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As I said, an excellent suggestion indeed.  Unfortunately, we already 
have enough on our plate (as you pointed out) considering the time frame 
and resources allowed to us.  If we had instead applied for a NSF grant 
(three years, large budget) then we would have no problem with asserting 
our ability to utilize *online*-experimental data, to keep the models in 
a dynamic format available for *online* analysis, and so forth.  Our 
limited time and resources will narrow our capabilities in this respect.

If we had a larger team of regular contributors, this might be more 
plausible.  

Thank you for your feedback.

Sincerely,
Bishara Gabriel



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