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Teaching Social Simulation with Matlab


  • Warren Thorngate



Programming languages for social simulations are rapidly proliferating. The result is a Tower of Babel effect: Many of us find it increasingly effortful to learn and to teach more programming languages and increasingly difficult to sustain an audience beyond the programming dialect of our choice. We need a programming lingua franca. Here I argue why Matlab might be worth our consideration, especially to teach simulation programming techniques.

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  • Warren Thorngate, 2000. "Teaching Social Simulation with Matlab," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 3(1), pages 1.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:1999-21-1

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