I am not a computer programmer. The best I can do is some HTML tagging and a few macros in Microsoft Word and Excel.
However, to run the planned (or, to-be-planned) Markov simulation for my dissertation project, I will need to use some programming language. Python will be that language.
I chose Python for several reasons:
- It's free and well documented.
- It runs everywhere.
- It's widely used.
- It's well supported.
- Campbell, Jennifer, Paul Gries, Jason Montojo, and Greg Wilson. Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science using Python. The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2009. Print.
- Bird, Steven, Ewan Klein, and Edward Loper. Natural Language Processing with Python. Beijing: O'Reilly Media, 2009. Print.