EuroPython 2016

The Joy of Simulation: for Fun and Profit

Speaker(s) vincent warmerdam

In this talk discusses some joyful exercises in simulation. I’ll demonstrate it’s usefulness but moreover I’ll discuss the sheer joy you can experience.

I’ll go over the following points (the short list):

  • I’ll show how you can avoid math by simulating; I’ll calculate the probability that two people in the live room have the same birthday.
  • I’ll show how simulation can help you get better at many games. I’ll start with simple card games and with the game of roulette. Most prominently I’ll discuss how to determine the value of buying an asset in the game of monopoly (See blogpost:
  • I’ll demonstrate how you can simulate Red Hot Chilli Pepper lyrics. Or any other band. Or legalese.
  • I’ll demonstrate the results of a scraping exercise which helped me to determine the value of investing in Lego Minifigures (See blogpost:

Depending on the level of the audience I might also discuss how biased simulation can help you solve optimisation problems or even introduce bayesian statistics via sampling. I’ll gladly leave this decision to the EuroPython committee.

in on Tuesday 19 July at 11:15 See schedule

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