Alumni Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity - Useful Resources 2012

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Computer packages and libraries

  • Eclipse Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) that makes programming and debugging orders of magnitudes easier.
  • R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • SAGE Creating a viable free open source alternative toMagma, Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab.
  • MASON - Java-based toolkit for multiagent simulation.
  • ECJ Evolutionary computation toolkit in Java that dovetails with MASON.
  • Repast Simphony is a free and open source agent-based modeling toolkit written in Java.
  • Ascape Java-based agent-based modeling toolkit developed at the Brookings Institution by Miles T. Parker.
  • NetLogo NetLogo is a cross-platform multi-agent procedural programmable modeling environment.
  • Framsticks Framsticks is an artificial life package for evolving 3-D creatures with neural network nervous systems.
  • breve Open-source, cross-platform 3d simulation in python or steve (with good creature evolution examples)
  • This page has a summary of software and toolkits for agent-based and complex adaptive systems: [1]
  • Another page about programs for agent based modeling: [2]
  • igraph: package for creating and manipulating undirected and directed graphs. Has interfaces to many different programming languages.
  • PyGene - a simple library for genetic algorithms and genetic programming in python

Guides and Tutorials

  • AgentModelingGuide Robert Axelrod and Leigh Tesfatsion's On-Line Guide for Newcomers to Agent-Based Modeling in the Social Sciences
  • RepastGuide Leigh Tesfatsion's Self-Study Guide for Java-Based Repast
  • AscapeTutorial What is Ascape and Why Should You Care? Miles T. Parker's intro and tutorial to Ascape published in JASSS.
  • EclipseABM Guides to using the Eclipse IDE with agent-based modeling environments including MASON, RePast, and Ascape.

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