Q: What are Agent Based Models? Can I see an example? How about an example in a functional language? How about the same example in an OO language? Oh, can we compare them?
A: A different approach to statistical models, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.
We'll be looking in depth at a classic ABM: The "Averages Kill" model (http://www.informs-sim.org/wsc01papers/172.PDF) and examples in Java + Clojure.
Zach is fascinated by the programming process, different approaches to design, and programmer's education.
He's been a professional software engineer for 7 years and currently runs the Boston Software Craftsmanship group (http://groups.google.com/group/boston-software-craftsmanship)