In the past, this course was taught as POLS 909, "Topics in Methodology". The Spring, 2005, semester when it is offered with its own number and catalog listing. In Spring, 2005, the course will meet on Monday afternoon, 12:30-3:20pm, in Blake Hall 211.
Students are allowed to use any computer modeling language or tool. Models built with the Swarm Simulation System, a modeling library that is available for free from the Swarm Development Group, are the instructor's specialty and various exercises with Swarm will be considered.
The syllabus from the 2003 edition of this course is available below. The Spring 2005 edition will have the same basic outline, but some of the readings will be changed. In particular, the course will incorporate sections from a new book by Volker Grimm and Steve Railsback, Individual-based Modeling and Ecology (Princeton University Press, forthcoming). This is a good treatment of the general issues that motivate agent-based modeling and applications to the environment. The course will also incorporate the most recent version of the Opinion model that is discussed in Robert Huckfeldt, Paul Johnson, and John Sprague, Political Disagreement (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Perhaps the most significant change I plan for Spring, 2005, is that the course will allow students a choice on the type of research project that will be done. Everybody will be required to "get their feet wet" by doing some targeted exercises with simulation models. These will be treated as "participation" effort, not a major part of the grade. Most of the grade, 80%, will be based on a final research paper. The writing options are
The list called SWARM-L. After you join, you can send messages to it by writing to email@example.com.
subscribe SWARM-L Your-Name-Here
For example, for me it was
subscribe SWARM-L Paul Johnson
Unless you are named Paul Johnson, you will have to adjust this a bit :)! You need to send that email from your regular email setup (I mean whatever program or "client" you use to read and send mail) because the listproc program reads your reply-to address from your headers (invisible stuff your email program sends).
I've got a "Swarm Headquarters" page setup. Look it over. It has software (for Linux users), links to the SwarmOnlineFAQ as well as a ton of Working Example Code and the in-progress UserGuide
I also have an on-line documents to help people learn about Unix and prorams that run on Unix.
Click Here to launch the Unix & SAS FAQ on my twiki page http://www.ku.edu/cgiwrap/pauljohn/twiki/view
Name Last modified Size Description
Parent Directory - Example1.c 26-Jan-2000 11:23 2.2K Ex10.1.txt 15-Mar-2000 10:38 5.5K RopellaEtAl_NRM.pdf 07-Jan-2003 14:48 208K Pop-Level_NRM.pdf 07-Jan-2003 14:48 194K SFR_NRM_Results.pdf 07-Jan-2003 14:48 87K RailsbackHarvey_Ecol..> 07-Jan-2003 14:56 377K Exercise6.1.c 25-Feb-2003 11:41 2.4K Exercise6.2.c 25-Feb-2003 11:41 765 Exercise6.3.c 25-Feb-2003 11:41 857 Exercise6.4.c 25-Feb-2003 11:42 1.0K ObjC.pdf 06-Mar-2003 10:42 2.6M Exercise9.1.txt 24-Mar-2003 12:21 4.9K CricketBugs.tar.gz 24-Mar-2003 13:17 30K GrossLectureNotes.fmt 27-Mar-2003 12:49 17K myExterminator2.tar.gz 01-Apr-2003 15:33 7.3K HammondAxelrod_Evolu..> 18-Apr-2003 11:45 168K DataCulture/ 11-Oct-2004 12:26 - Example2/ 11-Oct-2004 12:26 - ExterminatorModels/ 11-Oct-2004 12:26 - javaStudentTutorial/ 11-Oct-2004 12:26 - cnotes1.pdf 03-Mar-2005 14:38 54K ComplexityReferences..> 29-Mar-2005 09:46 5.3K Conway_Example_Sessi..> 29-Mar-2005 09:46 3.6K Exercise12.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 1.9K LandUse_Simulations_..> 29-Mar-2005 09:46 30K NetworkCites.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 435 SwarmExercise2.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 4.3K ecologyCites.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 9.4K fprintfnote.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 4.8K labExample.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 453 labExample2.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 9.7K labExample3.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 3.9K sprintfnote.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 1.4K summarizingRuns.txt 29-Mar-2005 09:46 8.5K farming-3.tar.gz 13-Apr-2005 08:03 66K farming-4.tar.gz 13-Apr-2005 21:08 35K ConwayTutorial.txt 05-Feb-2007 20:57 1.0K oldMaterial/ 08-Feb-2007 14:26 - syllabus07.pdf 08-Feb-2007 14:28 104K syllabus07.html 08-Feb-2007 14:31 26K C-programming/ 02-Mar-2007 10:10 -