November 12, 2010

Particle Swarm Optimization in Python

I found and installed the ECSPY evolutionary computation package and fiddled around with it. Considering I learned how to define and use functions in Python now, the example code (txt) for this Particle Swarm Optimiztation (PSO) chart below is beginning to make sense.

Particle Swarm Image

Long time Neural Market Trends readers might be wondering why I’m suddenly posting about Python and not Rapidminer? It’s a valid question and I do have answers.

First off, I always wanted to learn a programming language because I’ve felt that not knowing a programming language has held me back career wise, especially when I’m manipulating and data mining oodles of financial data.

Second, Python is a great way to get my feet wet learning programming! Its fun and easy so far! Ultimately the goal is to learn Java so I can truly extend Rapidminer by creating custom operators, but learning Java at this stage of the game is like swallowing a whole elephant at once; not going to happen! So I’ll start with eating a Python first.

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