[Tutor] Introduction to modelling with Python

AG computing.account at googlemail.com
Sun Mar 28 19:37:41 CEST 2010

Eike Welk wrote:
> On Saturday March 27 2010 16:21:26 AG wrote:
>> I apologise in advance for the vagueness of this query, but I am looking
>> for a decent modern introduction to modelling using Python.
>> Specifically, I want something that is a good introduction (i.e. doesn't
>> expect one to already be a maths/ statistics or a programming guru) and
>> that has an ecology/ environmental science orientation. 
> You should look at the book "Python Scripting for Computational Science" by 
> Hans Petter Langtangen:
> http://www.amazon.com/Python-Scripting-Computational-Science-
> Engineering/dp/3540435085
> http://books.google.com/books?id=YEoiYr4H2A0C&printsec=frontcover&dq="Python+Scripting+for+Computational+Science"&source=bl&ots=ovp_JKREiY&sig=tJkigCLDqS6voOOjmL4xDxw0roM&hl=en&ei=OlWvS8PmE4r94Aa42vzgDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBEQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=&f=false
> It is an introduction to the Python language, and to a big number of tools for 
> numerical computations. The book assumes that you have already some practice 
> in writing computer programs. 
> The book is not oriented towards ecology, the examples are from mechanical 
> engineering. 
> The book is however a bit dated, it's from 2004. Therefore many examples will 
> need to be slightly altered to work with the current versions of the libraries 
> that they use. 
> Alternatively you could ask your question on the Numpy/Scipy mailing lists. 
> These lists are frequented by scientists that use Python for their 
> computations.  
> http://www.scipy.org/Mailing_Lists
> Eike.
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Now that's looking very much along the lines of what I had in mind 
Eike.  Very pricey ... might have to sit on that one for a while and 
scout around for a used copy.  I can certainly use the on-line resource 
for as many pages as it allows one to access until I either find a 
cheaper version or perhaps win a lottery!!

But, yep, this looks like what I had in mind - so anything else like 
this would be good as well.


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