Friday, April 25, 2014

SGPE Python Programming Course

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to invite you to participate in the 2nd annual SGPE Python Boot Camp to be held the week of 2-6 June 2014 from 9am - 5pm at the University of Edinburgh (exact location TBD depending on interest).

The Python boot camp is an intensive week long training course in Python programming and software development primarily targeted at students doing a PhD in Economics or who have a computational component to their MSc theses.  The curriculum mainly follows Think Python by Allen Downey and Quantitative Economics by Thomas Sargent and John Stachurski. The entire curriculum for the course can be found on GitHub.

Note that this is NOT a lecture based course and there are no notes/slides. Participants will be learning to program in Python by writing code...LOTS of code...probably several thousand lines of code at least! This is not meant to scare anyone off, only to give you a realistic impression of what you are signing up for.

Morning sessions will focus on the basics of Python programming; afternoon sessions are devoted to more specialized topics that you would likely want to use as part of your MSc thesis (or future PhD/job work). For those who attended last year, note that the afternoon sessions will cover different material than last year's course. 

To register your interest, please add your name to the Doodle poll.

This activity received SIRE funding and PhD students travelling from outside of Edinburgh may claim travel expenses from SGPE.

The claim form is available from the SGPE website

Please contact David R. Pugh ( for any inquiries.

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