Next on this blog: An example about the optimization modeling language Pyomo.
While working on a project proposal to estimate drought risks of some countries
in the coming years, I learned something about risk analysis: It's rather
simple! But, you need to be cautious if you want to use this information for
guessing what might happen in the future. In the context of anthropogenic
climate change that usually means that you can't rely on exceedance
probabilities from observed (and hence past) data. Because the underlying
climate is changing. And even if that's not the case, your record may be over-
or underestimating the occurrences of specific events, just by pure chance.
However, let me show you how to quickly derive exceedance probabilities from
some river discharge data.
From the monthly discharge data, we estimate the cumulative distribution
function (CDF) by assigning each sorted monthluy value a number starting
from 0 for the lowest up to 1 for the highest monthly discharge value.
The exceedance probability is simply 1 - CDF. Plotting the exceedance
probability against the sorted monthly data, et voilà, your exceedance
Here's the link to the CSV file elbe.csv and the Python code
to process the data.
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from scipy import stats
from matplotlib.ticker import ScalarFormatter, FormatStrFormatter, FixedLocator
fnm = 'elbe.csv'
df = pd.read_csv(fnm,index_col=0,infer_datetime_format=True,parse_dates=True)
raw = df['Elbe']
ser = raw.sort_values()
X = np.linspace(0.,max(ser.values)*1.1,100.)
s, loc, scale = stats.lognorm.fit(ser.values)
cum_dist = np.linspace(0.,1.,len(ser))
ser_cdf = pd.Series(cum_dist, index=ser)
ep = 1. - ser_cdf
fig = plt.figure(figsize=(11,8))
ax1 = plt.subplot(221)
ax1.plot(X,stats.lognorm.cdf(X, s, loc, scale),label='lognormal')
ax2 = plt.subplot(223)
ax2.hist(ser.values, bins=21, normed=True, label='data')
ax2.plot(X,stats.lognorm.pdf(X, s, loc, scale),label='lognormal')
A = np.vstack([ep.values, np.ones(len(ep.values))]).T
[m, c], resid = np.linalg.lstsq(A, ser.values)[:2]
print m, c
r2 = 1 - resid / (len(ser.values) * np.var(ser.values))
ax3 = plt.subplot(222)
ax3.plot(100.*(1.-stats.lognorm.cdf(X, s, loc, scale)),X,label='lognormal')
minorLocator = FixedLocator([1,2,5,10,20,50,100])
ax3.set_xlabel('Exceedance Probability (%)')
ax4 = plt.subplot(224)
Hello everyone. This is my first posting on my blog where I want to provide some useful information about my job search.
I started of as a physicist (TU-Berlin) about six years ago. Afterwards I went to Hamburg to do my graduate studies at the Hamburg University and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. After finishing my Ph.D. I went back to Berlin to work at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as a postdoctoral researcher. My project about the melting of the Greenland Icesheet on different time scales ended two weeks ago. Now I'm taking my time to recollect what I've done so far and what I want to do next. This blog should help me and others to keep track about the expected and unexpected things to come, difficulties and the joy and pain of finding a new job outside of academia.
As of this week, I started writing a static blog engine in Python (pystable), which can be found on Github and cloned via
git clone https://github.com/mkrapp/pystable.git
Actually, this very web page is based on pystable.
Recently, I heavily made use of f2py—a tool that converts your FORTRAN code into a Python module.
Here is how to use it:
$ f2py -c -m module_name fortran_code.f90
In the current directory there is now a shared object of your module module_name.so.
To use it in Python, just do the usual import. A docstring is generated for you as well, so you know how to call the methods, i.e., FORTRAN subroutines or functions
import module_name as mymodule
Let's suppose you've written a subroutine that does some calculations that are faster in FORTRAN than in Python
real, intent(in) :: a, b
real, intent(out) :: c
real :: some_result
! start some calculations
c = some_result
To call that subroutine, our Python script has to look like this
import module_name as mymodule
x1 = <some value>
x2 = <also some value>
result = mymodule.some_calculations(x1,x2)
That's it. Pretty easy, huh?
Now you can use your fast code and let Python do the rest, like making a proper data analysis using numpy or scipy, or doing the graphics using matplotlib.
And I like coding. I've been working with complex computer models ever since my undergrad and I enjoy data exploration and data analysis to gain insights into the underlying principles.
Feel free to contact me.