# How Twitter Improved my Ecological Model

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For a last couple weeks I’ve been working on a marine ecosystem model using a technique called *Inverse Modeling*^{(1)}I’ll be sure to do a writeup on what Inverse Modeling is and what makes it interesting in the future.*;* and while there’s been lots of progress, I’m starting to get to the point where the model takes some time to run. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of waiting-around time associated with having a model run for an hour or more at a time. As fate would have it I thought up a pretty fun way to keep updated on the progress of my model during a run cycle today.

I decided that it would be nice if my model would send me a tweet when it finished, and that seemed pretty doable since I know that Twitter has a pretty decent API. So I searched around for a few minutes, setup a new Twitter account, and the system was good to go after no more than ten minutes. And it was awesome! But since it didn’t take long to implement I still had about an hour left.

Thats when I got the idea that it should also send me the compiled results from the last data run. Now this step was a bit more tricky since I needed to upload the results to my misc directory and then to tweet out a link to said file. While I wont go into details here (I’ll save it for a dedicated post), I used FTP and a 32 bit hash function to avoid collisions along side the Twitter API for this system. I believe that the results speak for themselves.

@TBryceKelly Starting cycle 2 run for 1e+06 iterations. Jump size is 1.5 and burnin period is 1e+06

— TKelly’s Update Net (@TKellysNet) February 26, 2015

@TBryceKelly. Your results of GGE.png are now online: http://t.co/EotXpMZavp — TKelly’s Update Net (@TKellysNet) February 26, 2015

Now I’m on the lookout for more ways to use this Twitter interface for everyday things.

Notes

1. | ↑ | I’ll be sure to do a writeup on what Inverse Modeling is and what makes it interesting in the future. |

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