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Using the Analytica Decision Engine (ADE) from Python

Lonnie Chrisman 22 May 2018 Analytica 5.0, Analytica tips, Modeling methods

Today I interacted with an Analytica from Python, which for me was my first time doing so. To do so, I used the Analytica Decision Engine (ADE), which bundles the core Analytica engine as a Component Object Model (COM) component. On Python 3.6.1 side, I made use of the pywin32 module, which it turns out I already had installed. To verify that it was installed, from an Anaconda prompt I typed:

(base) C:\Users\Lonnie>conda list pywin32
# packages in environment at C:\Users\Lonnie\Anaconda3:
# Name                    Version                   Build  Channel
pywin32                   223              py36h9c10281_0    anaconda

If you don't already have it, try: conda install pywin32
If you have an old version. try:  conda update pywin32

I started the python interpreter (I use the Spyder IDE) and here's my first session:

I saw the Ade64.exe process terminate immediately after setting the ade variable to None. This session covers the basics, you can consult the ADE User Guide for more details on using ADE and its API.

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Lonnie Chrisman

Lonnie Chrisman, PhD, is Lumina's Chief Technical Officer, where he heads engineering and development of Analytica®. He has authored dozens refereed publications in the areas of machine learning, Artificial Intelligence planning, robotics, probabilistic inference, Bayesian networks, and computational biology. He was was in eighth grade when he had his first paid programming job. He was awarded the Alton B. Zerby award "Most outstanding Electrical Engineering Student in the USA", 1987. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University; and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Lonnie used Analytica for seismic structural analysis of an extension that he built to his own home where he lives with his wife and raised four daughters: So, he really trusts Analytica calculations!

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