[starlogo-users] newbie - Data import-output and discrete random
Francisco J. Zagmutt
gerifalte28 at hotmail.com
Tue May 10 21:11:16 EDT 2005
Dear StarLogo community
I just "discovered" StarLogo and I am very excited about its ease of use and
capabilities! I have a couple of general questions so I can have a better
idea of the potential uses that I could give to StarLogo in my work (disease
spread simulation modeling).
- Can external data be imported in the models? For example, can I import
actual x,y coordinates to be used as turtles and patches?
- Is distance calculated considering a flat surface? i.e. no adjustment for
sphericity of the globe
- Does StarLogo support random number generation other than Gaussian and
uniform? For example; is it possible to randomly generate numbers from
binomial or Poisson distributions?
- Can detailed simulation output (other than graphs and pictures) be saved
on the fly? Can numerical output be saved in flat files or any other format
for posterior analyses?
- In case that some of these capabilities are not available; is there a way
to implement custom functions in other language (i.e. JAVA, C, FORTRAN) and
call them from StarLogo? For example, to calculate an exact binomial
probability one would need a factorial function which apparently does not
currently exist in StarLogo.
- Is there a general "rule of thumb" for the maximum number of turtles that
StarLogo can handle well?
I searched through some of the commands and I could not find further
information on these topics.
Thanks a bunch!
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