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Radial Attention Model

This is the top-level element-documentation of the code that accompanies the numerical section of the article Costly Consideration and Dynamic Choice Set Formation (henceforth the article).

The code implements a simple version of the radial attention model and solves it. For more details on the model's technicalities see the article. The solver is based on a concurrent re-formulation of the value function iteration algorithm. Further, it uses an adaptive search grid implementation to provide more accurate optimal control approximations.

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The source code of the project can be found at this repository. The easiest way to build the C applications of the project is to use CMAKE. The following macros can be passed to CMAKE :

CMAKE produces four targets; three executables and one documentation target. The last one gives this documentation. The executable targets are

The C code was compiled and tested using

The Python code was tested using


The C code is used to approximate the solutions of the radial attention model. It also stores the solution and parameter analysis' binary data in the file system. The Python code is used to create model logic level objects from the stored binary data. The python code is using the resulting data to produce the tables and the figures of the article. An org document, exported in Html format here, summarizes the main results of the execution.


The concurrency is written on an operating system level using low-level abstractions (i.e. mutexes and locks). In UNIX based systems it is written using the POSIX Threads API pthreads. In windows systems it uses the native windows threading and synchronization APIs.


The documentation of the project can be found online here and it is also available for downloading in a PDF format. It is built using DOXYGEN and follows the `repeat your-self documentation approach´.

Only the top-element functionality of the C code is documented. Drilling into lower-level functions requires that you have an understanding of the radial attention model. Knowledge of the standard value function iteration algorithm is another prerequisite. For the parallelization, basic knowledge of system multithreading implementations and the pipeline parallelization pattern is required. There are also some accompanying implementation comments in the source code that is not reported in this documentation.

The Python code is simple and its elements are briefly documented.


Pantelis Karapanagiotis

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The code is distributed under the MIT License. See the LICENSE file.