Sunday, June 5, 2011

Why I'll Use Python to Set Up My Markov Program

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.
I am using two books as primary resources on programming in Python:
  1. Campbell, Jennifer, Paul Gries, Jason Montojo, and Greg Wilson. Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science using Python. The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2009. Print.
  2. Bird, Steven, Ewan Klein, and Edward Loper. Natural Language Processing with Python. Beijing: O'Reilly Media, 2009. Print.


joycewvu said...

Paul is very familiar with Python. Let him know if you have any questions. Good luck!

Jon Myerov said...

Thanks! I'll be sure to ask him if I have questions.

Patrick Conner said...

Picture should be of Terry Jones.

Gooly said...

Actually, if you can program in Python you should be able to program in c and java with just a little effort. It's not like learning a second nature language. Most programming languages are similar.