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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Presenting Friday At MMT Conference

I will be presenting at the First International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory on Friday at 8:30 am. (The schedule posted on the website at the time of writing is incorrect, and it has me scheduled for Thursday.)  I believe that the presentations will be broadcast via the internet (not sure about the details).

I will be giving an introduction to the Python sfc_models framework, explaining its basic concepts. Since I assume that most of the audience are not heavily into programming, it will be fairly non-technical (I hope).

I am not planning on bringing my computer, but if you will be there and have a computer, I could offer tutorials.


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  2. Hi Brian, if one is interested in such a tutorial at the conference, would you advise them to install the basic package you have posted here: ?

    1. That's it. There's three ways of installing the package:

      (1) Install from the Python package repository (PyPi, which is what you linked to). That gives the latest production ("Master") version. The easy way to do it is to run "pip install sfc_models" on the command line (from within the python/scripts directory, which is where pip lives). You could manually download the package, but you need to then put it in the right place.

      (2) Install PyCharm (community edition, which is free) - if your computer is relatively powerful (and you are interested in Python; it may be overkill if you are not doing any other Python work). You can then use the PyCharm module download interface (which gets the production version from PyPi).

      (3) Go to my Github site (I should have a link in recent articles on the package; my GitHub username is brianr747). You would want this if you want a version that can keep up to date with the development version.

      Also: if you want plotting, you need the matplotlib module, which should be installed via pip (or PyCharm). I have had problems with installing that package on Windows (outside of PyCharm).

      I also have a graphical model runner package on GitHub (sfc_gui ), which can only be downloaded from GitHub (since I have no idea how stable it is on other operating systems).

    2. Hi Brian, thanks! I usually manage Python through a Conda environment with a Spyder/Jupyter Notebook workflow; I'll just make a new env to experiment with your package. Looking forward.

    3. Yeah, I need a "how to install" link in a prominent location...

    4. I have seen some Jupyter Notebook code (there's another SFC package on GitHub that uses it); I have not had time to play with it. If anyone does that, feel free to add it my GitHub repository (using pull requests, which I have no experience with...).

    5. Regular text editors/IDEs are still something I use a lot so, I'm certainly not committed to Jupyter.

      I spent about 15 minutes installing sfc_models on my OS X machine; no problems. I have an env set up for machine learning with tensorflow, so I just cloned it and installed your package. Excited to see your presentation!


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