An Analyst's Primer for the RAND/ABEL Programming Language

by Paul K. Davis


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This Note is a primer for analysts wishing to use the RAND/ABEL programming language, a fast, high-level, strongly typed procedural language developed for use in building large and complex knowledge-based simulations in a C/UNIX environment. The primer supplements the comprehensive reference manual by providing a simple introduction and problem sets. The targeted reader is an analyst with subject-area knowledge, modeling capability, and a general understanding of computer programming, but only modest programming skills. After reading this primer and working through the exercises provided, such a person should be able to read and modify substantive logic within RAND/ABEL programs, although sometimes going to the reference manual and depending on more proficient programmers for complex operations or subtle debugging.

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