Anglican (Scheme/Venture Syntax)

This repository contains the original, interpreted, version of the probabilitic programming language Anglican. This version of Anglican uses a Scheme-like syntax that is (largely) interoperable with Venture. For detailed documentation and tutorials visit the Anglican Home Page.

For the version of Anglican that is currently under active development, please see Embedded Anglican. This version implements a domain specific language (DSL) within Clojure using Continuation Passing Style (CPS) transforms. The preferred syntax in Embedded Anglican is a subset of Clojure, although the legacy syntax is also still supported.

Getting Started

The fastest and easiest way to download and install Anglican is:

  1. Download the anglican shell script (Unix) or jar file (Windows) (see: download instructions)

  2. Write a program code (see: syntax documentation)

  3. Run your code with anglican -s <filename.ang> or java -jar <anglican-version-master.jar> -s <filename.ang> (see: usage instructions)

Installation from Source

In order to build a new jar file from source, do the following:

  1. Install java, leiningen and maven if needed

  2. Clone this repository

  3. In the source directory, execute the following commands

    mvn deploy:deploy-file -Dfile=resources/exterior_jars/umontreal-ssj-2.5.jar -DartifactId=umontreal-ssj -Dversion=2.5.0 -DgroupId=umontreal-ssj -Dpackaging=jar -Durl=file:maven mvn deploy:deploy-file -Dfile=resources/exterior_jars/forssj-optimization.jar -DartifactId=forssj-optimization -Dversion=1.0.0 -DgroupId=forssj-optimization -Dpackaging=jar -Durl=file:maven

  4. Build a jar file by calling

    lein uberjar


Copyright ©, 2013, 2014, 2015 Wood group

This file is part of Anglican, a probabilistic programming system.

Anglican is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Anglican is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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