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    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Good morning. Yike and I look forward to see you in class today. We will discuss and implement the basics of the generalized Roy model. Over the next couple of lectures, we will then constantly refine the basic code and explore advanced elements of software engineering such as Object-Oriented Programming, Unit Testing, Debugging, and Profiling. These tools will then allow you to reliably implement and estimate more complex economic models in your own research.
    If you are interested, you find the preliminary version of today's notebook here.
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Steven Mohr from the SSCS has installed the PyCharm Community edition on acropolis for your use, here is is message:

    Hello Philipp,

    I spoke with Michael Kirker yesterday. He mentioned that you had been working with PyCharm in class. I've installed the community edition on Acropolis. This can be launched from the menu in VNC or by typing "pycharm" in the command line. Hopefully this will be a little more convenient for your students.

    Thank You,

    Steven Mohr

    For further questions, please feel free to reach out to him at smohr@uchicago.edu
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Yike and I look forward to see you at today's lecture. Please note that we will have a brief guest presentation by Felix Tintelnot, who is looking to recruit research assistants for his new research projects in the area of international trade.
    In our regular class, we will continue with our implementation of the generalized Roy model. We will develop the simulation, estimation, and result processing steps.
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, please see below for some additional information from Felix about his RA opportunities:

    Hi Philipp,

    thanks for the opportunity to speak to your class and to advertise
    some of my ongoing projects. It would be great to hear whether there
    is any motivated graduate student with good training in empirical /
    computational methods, who would be interested to work as a research
    assistant. I will pay competitively and the time commitment is about
    10 hours a week. The time horizon is from now to the fall and if
    successful can easily be extended. There can be possibly more than one
    position.

    Knowledge of Matlab (or the ability to learn it quickly) is required.
    Diligence and thoroughness is required.
    Knowledge of the I.O. literature is a plus.

    Best, Felix

    Yike
    @Yike
    Dear team, the slides used by Prof. Tintelnot today can be found in our Github repo: https://github.com/softEcon/recruiting
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Yike and I have build a quite elaborate presence for our initiatives at https://github.com/softEcon. If you have any comments or remarks on which parts you like, what features we should add, or just find a type, we would highly appreciate your feedback.
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, I hope all is well. We had our first Workshop yesterday. For those of you who could not make it, you find the material in our GitHub repository: https://github.com/softEcon/workshop
    Michael Kirker
    @mkirker
    A new feature to Github was released last night. iPython notebooks will now render automatically on the Github website. So if you were to go to any of the notebooks in the courses Github repository, they will display in your browser just like they usually look inside the iPython notebook (no more having to copy the URL from github and going to paste it into the nbviewer website). More details can be found here: https://blog.jupyter.org/2015/05/07/rendering-notebooks-on-github/
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Please sign up for our last installment of the Computational Economics Colloquium here. Andrew Shephard will discuss structural empirical approaches to optimal taxation design. The lecture will begin by focusing on the application of static structural labor supply models to taxation design problems.
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Yike and I look forward to our lecture tomorrow. We will finish our first take at the estimation of the generalized Roy model in the IPython Notebook. Then we will implement the same model in PyCharm as a package. Please visit the current draft of the relevant notebooks: Notebook and Package
    Also, we will have Alessandra Voena vist. She is looking for a graduate research assistant with coding skills to help her in one of her projects. As she is teaching at the same time as our lectures on Monday and Wednesday, I would kindly ask you to stay another 10 minutes after our regular lecture time.
    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, Yike and I look forward to our lecture tomorrow. We will start to restructure our code for the GRM model to allow for easier development and maintenance. Thus, we will turn to Python packages. Please see here for the current version of tomorrow's lecture.
    Also, we will have Victor Zhorin visit, who is going to present the work of the Computation Institute (CI). He is going to talk address a variety of initiatives, where the CI uses state-of-the art computing to answer open research questions.
    Yike
    @Yike
    Dear Team, please find the slides for Victor's presentation tomorrow in our Github repo: slides. Please feel free to check it out in advance. See you tomorrow.
    Yike
    @Yike

    Dear all,

    It would be exciting if outside people could see what we are doing and who are participating in our projects on Github. To make that possible, please do the following adjustments on Github, which is also described here: https://help.github.com/articles/publicizing-or-hiding-organization-membership/

    1. In the top right corner of any page, click your username.
    2. On the left side of your profile page, under "Organizations", click the icon for your organization.
      Note that this should be softEcon for everyone, plus GormanLectures for those of you who are working on it.
    3. On the right side of the organization profile page, click People.
    4. Locate your username in the list of members. If the list is large, you can search for your username in the search box.
    5. In the menu to the right of your username, choose Public instead Private.

    Thanks so much and please let us know if you have any questions!
    Yike

    Yike
    @Yike
    Dear team, here is a background reading material suggested by Victor Zhorin on the topic of debugging and testing: material. Philipp will discuss more on this in the lectures next week. Cheers!
    bocarba
    @bocarba
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    Yike
    @Yike

    Dear team,

    Please find our course evaluation here: survey

    As we mentioned in class, the second question was asked by Prof. Hortacsu and thus please make sure you opinions are reflected there.

    Since your opinions will be relevant for the department to decide whether to offer the course again next year, we are very appreciated for your participation! Thanks indeed!

    Yike
    @Yike
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    Yike
    @Yike

    Dear team,

    We have got seven replies from you and thank you so much for the participation!

    Philipp will send your responses to Prof. Hortascu this Sunday. Therefore, for the rest who haven't replied, please help us fill the survey at your earliest convenience: survey

    Thanks again and see you around!
    Yike

    Philipp Eisenhauer
    @peisenha
    Dear Team, here is the link to the conference videos: http://www.pyvideo.org/category/67/depy2015
    Here is the link to the conference website: http://mdp.cdm.depaul.edu/DePy2015/default/index
    Yike
    @Yike
    Dear team, here is the book Philipp mentioned for testing Python codes: Python Testing. You could access to a digital copy through the university library, or you could easily find a free pdf version online. Happy reading!