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Stochastic Simulations

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What is this?

StoSim is a light-weight framework for parameterised stochastic simulations. The researcher provides the simulation code (written in the programming language of his/her choice), but StoSim takes over a lot of tedious work from there on. StoSim can

  • create all necessary computation jobs (from lists of parameter settings)

  • execute these jobs on available CPUs (only your computer, the local network or PBS computation cluster)

  • handle stochastic repetition of settings and seeding of randomness (for repeatable experiments)

  • analyse the results with graphical plots and T-tests (it is easy to analyse results made with specific parameter settings)

  • back up code and results (to be able to go back to important milestones)

You can find tutorials and extensive documentation at and example simulations in the “example” folder.


the short answer:

pip install stosim

More details and help are in the documentation.


  • You need Python 3.3+, 2.7, or 2.6 if you install the argparse module locally.

  • Distributing jobs needs Unix Screens, so if the screen command is not available on your system, you need to install it, e.g. on Debian::

    sudo apt-get install screen

  • To use the in-built plotting, you need gnuplot and epstopdf, e.g. on Debian::

    sudo apt-get install gnuplot texlive-extra-utils

  • For T-Tests, you need Gnu R installed.

More details and help are in the documentation.

Running a simulation: A quick overview

Place an experiment configuration (stosim.conf) and your simulation code in a folder of your choice (see basic example in the examples folder). Call:


This assumes that you placed a configuration file describing your jobs (called stosim.conf) in the current folder. It also assumes you want to run the jobs, and in addition perform T-Tests and make plots (if stosim.conf says how). So the above command is synonymous to:

stosim --folder . --run --ttests --plots

The results will be put in the “data” directory, in your folder (but if you like the plotting/analysis capabilities of StoSim you might never have to look there).

One more example, where you know your stosim.conf is in a different folder and you only want to run:

stosim --folder <path-to-your-experiment-folder> --run

There are more features, e.g. –more to add more stochastic runs, –list to inspect data or –snapshot to make a snapshots of results at a given time that can be loaded back later. Do check out the tutorials where you can learn more.

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