Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation

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

Term: Fall 2013



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.

Important Links:

Projects page
GitHub Repository of the Course


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


Course Material

Please find the (preliminary) list of lectures below; this schedule is still subject to change. 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, and MATLAB; Plotting/Statistics in MATLAB 01a_introduction_course.pdf, 01b_introduction_matlab.pdf, 01c_stats_and_plotting.pdf, cities.m, countries.m
2 - Plotting/Statistics in MATLAB contd.; Research Proposal & Project 02a_research_plan.pdf, 02b_Plotting_with_MATLAB.pdf
3 - Dynamical Systems; Git 03a_Dynamical_Systems.pdf, 03b_git.pdf, pendulum.m, lorenzattractor.m
4 - Cellular Automata
04_cellular_automata.pdf, disease.m, draw_car.m, simulate_cars.m, simulate_cars_video.m, simulate_cars_video_w7.m
5 - Game Theory and Agent-based modeling
6 - Graphs/Networks 1
7 - Optimization and Parallelization 07_optimize_parallelize.pdf
8 - Graphs/Networks 2
9 - Graphs/Networks 3 09_Dynamics_on_Networks.pdf
10 - Continuous Space Simulations 10_Continuous_Modeling.pdf
11 - Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing 11a_statistics_writing.pdf, 11B_Scientific_Presentations.pdf

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