Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation

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

Term: Spring 2014



The course takes place every Monday from 5.15 to 6.45 pm in room ML H 37.1. 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 and working on the projects.

Important Links:

Projects page
GitHub organization for 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 on the day of the lecture.

1 - Motivation, Course Introduction 01a_overview.pdf, 01b_course_intro.pdf
2 - MATLAB Introduction, Plotting/Statistics 02a_matlab_intro.pdf, 02b_stats_plotting.pdf, cities.m, countries.m
3 - Git, Dynamical Systems 03a_git.pdf, 03b_dynsys.pdf, pendulum.m, lorenzattractor.m
4 - Cellular Automata
04_cellaut.pdf, disease.m, draw_car.m, simulate_cars.m, simulate_cars_video.m
5 - Game Theory and Agent-based modeling
6 - Optimization and Parallelization 06_optpar.pdf
7 - Graphs/Networks 1
8 - Graphs/Networks 2 08_graphs2.pdf,
9 - Graphs/Networks 3 09_Dynamics_on_Networks.pdf
10 - Statistical Tests, Final Report and Scientific Writing 10_Science.pdf
11 - Final Presentation Information 11_final.pdf

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