851-0585-04L  Lecture with Computer Exercises: Modelling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB

SemesterHerbstsemester 2017
DozierendeO. Woolley, D. Helbing, L. Sanders
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
KommentarMaximale Teilnehmerzahl: 70

Besonders geeignet für Studierende D-MAVT, D-INFK, D-ITET, D-MTEC, D-PHYS.


KurzbeschreibungThis course introduces mathematical and computational models to study social systems, the mathematical software package MATLAB, and the process of scientific research.

Students develop a significant project, implementing a model and communicating their results through a seminar thesis and a short oral presentation.
LernzielThe students should learn how to use MATLAB as a tool to solve
various scientific problems. MATLAB is an integrated environment with a high level programming language which makes it possible to quickly find numerical solutions to a wide range of scientific problems. Furthermore, it includes a rich set of tools for graphically
presenting the results.

After the students have learned the basic structure of the programming language, they should be able to implement social simulation models in MATLAB and document their skills through a seminar thesis and finally give a short oral presentation.
InhaltThis course introduces first the basic functionalities and features of the mathematical software package MATLAB, such as the simple operations with matrices and vectors, differential equations, statistical tools, the graphical representation of data in various forms, and video animations of spatio-temporal data. With this knowledge, students are expected to implement themselves in MATLAB, models of various social processes and systems, including agent-based models, e.g. models of interactive decision making, group dynamics, human crowds, or game-theoretical models.

Part of this course will consist of supervised programming exercises in a computer pool. Credit points are finally earned for the implementation of a mathematical model from the sociological literature in MATLAB and the documentation in a seminar thesis.
SkriptThe lecture slides will be presented on the course web page after each lecture.
LiteraturLiterature, in particular regarding computer models in the
social sciences, will be provided in the course.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe number of participants is limited to the size of the available computer teaching room. The MATLAB code related to the seminar thesis should be well enough documented for further use by others and must be handed over to the Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, for further free and unrestricted use.


Information zur Leistungskontrolle (gültig bis die Lerneinheit neu gelesen wird)
Leistungskontrolle als Semesterkurs
ECTS Kreditpunkte3 KP
PrüfendeD. Helbing, L. Sanders, O. Woolley
Formbenotete Semesterleistung
RepetitionRepetition ohne erneute Belegung der Lerneinheit möglich.
Zusatzinformation zum PrüfungsmodusStudents have to implement an established mathematical model from the computational social science literature in MATLAB. During the course students have to submit a short proposal specifying their project. At the end, projects must be documented in a 15 page seminar thesis and presented in a 15 minute seminar talk. The thesis should include a discussion of the mathematical model, its theoretical concept, properties of the model, and parameter dependencies, but also possible practical implications.


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851-0585-04 SLecture with Computer Exercises: Modelling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB2 Std.
Mo17-19LFV E 41 »
O. Woolley, D. Helbing, L. Sanders


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PlätzeMaximal 70
WartelisteBis 09.09.2017

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