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Boxology: How we designed an ABM collaboratively with the Open Data Institute

In order to build an ABM you need to work from a design. At Sandtable, we have long separated the formal, mathematical design that is used as the basis for creating model code from a more informal, conceptual design that we work through with clients. We call this conceptual design a boxology, mainly because it …
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To visualise is to communicate

We do lots of data visualisations at Sandtable. Whether we are doing exploratory data analysis (EDA), cleaning up data or analysing simulation outputs against reference data, there is always a plot to be made. Personally, I try to visualise as much as I can. In this way I build up my intuition about time series evolution …
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Europandas summit 2019

Last weekend we attended the first Europandas summit in London hosted by Oakam.  The schedule included an evening of talks on pandas and related topics as well as two full hack days on Saturday and Sunday. So on Friday the pandas enthusiasts assembled. The event was kicked off by the event organiser Marc Garcia, one of the …
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Dev team Hackday

Today was a hackday for the dev team that focussed on open-sourcing an internal library. We wanted to go through the steps of open-sourcing and make a (small) contribution back to the community. The library that we chose to open source was Flask-Auth0, a library that we use in our cloud infrastructure for securing web applications. Flask-Auth0 …
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Social Simulation 2018 in Stockholm

Last week we attended the Social Simulation conference in Stockholm. It was the 14th annual event organised by the European Social Simulation Association that work to promote social simulation and computational social science. The theme of this year's conference was: looking in the mirror; reflecting on a growing field and community. There were about 120 …
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JAX DevOps London 2018

This week we attended the JAX DevOps conference in London: “The Conference for Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Docker & Clouds”. It was more about Continuous Delivery and Microservices than Docker and Clouds, more Dev than Ops, but still relevant to us. Continuous Delivery We attended several talks about continuous delivery. There were many subjects that all speakers agreed …
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