Agent-based modeling frameworks usually trade off power for ease of use. NetLogo, for example, is very easy to get started with and has impressive visualization capabilities, but the language is limited. Python, on the other hand, is an open-ended and powerful language, but agent-based modeling frameworks in Python generally have a much steeper learning curve.
Helipad bridges that gap. Its hook-based, object-oriented API and extensible visualization capabilities make it dead-simple to get started writing and interacting with your agent-based model, while also providing as much power and flexibility as you need.
Live dataSee your model’s data being generated in real time, in a variety of formats including time series, networks, bar charts, and spatial maps.
InteractiveParameters can be set beforehand from the control panel GUI, or adjusted live while the model is running.
ShocksInteract with your model in real time, or shock parameters automatically with timer functions.
Easy to useA hook-based API makes it easy to manipulate the functionality you need, without worrying about what you don’t.
Jupyter IntegrationRun models as a standalone GUI application, package them as a Jupyter notebook, or – if you’re brave – run them without a GUI at all.
Network FunctionalityBuild networks among agents and analyze them with NetworkX integration.
Powerful Agent ClassesAgents come with the ability to barter, buy and sell with money, reproduce both haploid and polyploid, and more.
Flexible Model-BuildingBuild sequential or random-activation models, matching models, multi-level models, and exhaust all the possibilities with parameter sweeps.
Jump Right In
Helipad is cross-platform and runs anywhere that Python 3.8 runs.
pip install helipad
conda install -c charwick helipad
- download from Github
Write a ModelScan the Getting Started Guide or peruse the Function and Hook Reference.
- Jun 15, 2023Helipad 1.6 has Scatterplots, Geospatial Models, and New Agents Container
- Jan 14, 2023Helipad 1.5 Supports Polar Spatial Models
- Jul 28, 2022Helipad 1.4 brings Interface Improvements and New Container API
- Jun 22, 2021Helipad White Paper Now Available
- Jun 19, 2021Helipad 1.3 Improves Visualization Flexibility