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Thread: Where to start? Simulating with Java

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    Default Where to start? Simulating with Java

    Hello All,

    First time poster here - I am a self taught Java rookie. I study Statistics and Operations Research and want to be able to use Java to create my own, custom simulations and modelling software.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a good book, article, tutorial or simple code where I can begin to familiarize myself with simulating in Java? My initial efforts on google led me to the Java Simulation Handbook which uses the DESMO-J toolset for Java:

    The Java Simulation Handbook

    but I cannot find any reviews and am not sure if its worth reading/the money.

    Thank you in advance!
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    Default Re: Where to start? Simulating with Java

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy R View Post
    Hello All,

    First time poster here - I am a self taught Java rookie. I study Statistics and Operations Research and want to be able to use Java to create my own, custom simulations and modelling software.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a good book, article, tutorial or simple code where I can begin to familiarize myself with simulating in Java? My initial efforts on google led me to the Java Simulation Handbook which uses the DESMO-J toolset for Java:

    The Java Simulation Handbook

    but I cannot find any reviews and am not sure if its worth reading/the money.

    Thank you in advance!
    Teddy R
    Uh oh...This book is good. I've read it. However, the examples cannot replace everything in reality. Statistics and simulation base mostly on real samples. The more samples you gather the better your statistics and your simulation. Hence, you should deepen your knowledge in theory of probability. Probably you can look for some books about the MARKOV PROCESS....It's worth.

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    Default Re: Where to start? Simulating with Java

    Thanks, I have done a good bit of probability theory and have run into Markov chains and Markov processes a bit in school but its good to hear that the book is worth looking into.

    Appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Where to start? Simulating with Java

    Just throwing the idea out there, but you might consider looking into R, which excels at statistics and modelling, and has a huge community actively developing packages available through CRAN. In fact, a lot of simulation/modelling/statistics books have been written which are based upon using R. R is its own application and language, but I believe there are API's that let you access R through java (for instance rJava).

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    Default Re: Where to start? Simulating with Java

    Thats very interesting, I was unaware Java had the flexibility to call on languages such as R. A few of my courses have featured R, and it is nice and while it is extremely useful, I was concerned as it tends to be used in academic circles, while Java is more marketable when it comes time to getting a job. Do you know if Java is able to call other stat applications? (I am especially curious about SAS).

    Thank you!

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