Carlo Hamalainen

ipywidgets demo


This example has bitrotted - see the Bokeh slider instead.

My partner Nadiah has developed an eco-evolutionary model describing the response of a migratory bird's arrival time and prelaying period to climate change. The Octave code is here:

The final plots look like this:

A natural question is: how does the shape of the arrival time change as the main model parameter is varied? A nice way to visualise this is using ipywidgets and nbviewer. Here is an ipython notebook with a slider for the main model parameter:

Getting this to work was surprisingly straightforward. In short:

1. Make a notebook using ipython. I used oct2py to call the Octave code from Python.

2. Install nbviewer on a publicly accessible host.

3. Run nbviewer like so:

cd $HOME/nbviewer # this is the nbviewer repository from github
python -m nbviewer --debug --no-cache --localfiles=$HOME/phenology-two-trait-migratory-bird

This runs the server on port 5000. You could run it in a screen or tmux session, or use supervisord or angel to keep the process alive.

4. Point nginx to the nbviewer proces:

# /etc/nginx/sites-available/ 

server {

        listen   80;


        access_log  /var/log/nginx/;

        location / {
            proxy_pass; # Reverse proxy to nbviewer


5. The notebook doesn't appear on nbviewer's front page, so just naviate to a URL of the form

to see the notebook foo.ipynb.

Here is a HTML iframe containing the nbviewer view of the phenology-two-trait-migratory-bird notebook. Try out the slider at the bottom.

IPython development has really taken off recently; check out the SciPy 2013 keynote for more info: