Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation

Lecture with Computer Exercises: Modelling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB

Term: Fall 2012



The course takes place every Monday from 5.15 to 6.45 pm in room HG E 26.1. Lectures are divided into two parts: in the first 30-40 minutes the material of the respective lecture is covered, the remainder of the 90 minutes lecture consists of supervised exercises.

The sign-up for the final oral presentations is now closed; the schedule for the presentations on Dec. 18th and 19th 2012 may be downloaded here.

Important Links:

Projects page
GitHub Repository of the Course


Downloads: (LaTeX), reportTemplate.doc, ETH Declaration of Originality


Course Material

Please find the list of lectures below; the course material for each week will be made available here around noon on the day of the lecture.

1 - Introduction to the Course, to Modeling, MATLAB and GIT
Introduction Course (.ppt,.pdf), Introduction GIT (.ppt,.pdf), Introduction MATLAB (.ppt,.pdf), Exercise Solutions (.zip)
2 - Plotting/Statistics in MATLAB; First Steps in GIT; Research Proposal & Project
Stats & Plotting (.ppt,.pdf), First Steps GIT (.ppt,.pdf), Project & Proposal (.ppt,.pdf), cities.m, countries.m, additional material on plotting (.zip)
3 - Dynamical Systems; GIT Connected
Dynamical Systems (.ppt,.pdf), GIT Connected (.ppt,.pdf), pendulum.m, lorenzattractor.m
4 - Cellular Automata
Cellular Automata (.ppt,.pdf), draw_car.m, simulate_cars.m, simulate_cars_video.m, simulate_cars_video_w7.m, disease.m
5 - Game Theory and Agent-based modeling
ABM and Game Theory (.ppt, .pdf)
iterated prisoner dilemma
6 - Introduction to Graphs/Networks
Introduction to Networks (.ppt, .pdf)
(check out the files in the github repo)
7 - Simulations with Networks
Simulation with Networks (.ppt, .pdf), additional material (.zip)
8 - Continuous Space Simulations
Continuous Modeling (.ppt, .pdf)
9 - Optimization and Parallelization
Optimization (.ppt, .pdf), example code (.zip)
10 - Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing
Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing (.ppt, .pdf)
11 - Evolutionary Stability and Replicator Dynamics
Evolutionary Dynamics (.ppt, .pdf)

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