Brief Introduction (Magnusson 2013)
ADMB is fast
The NCEAS benchmark shows that ADMB outperforms R and BUGS by a wide margin, when fitting a variety of non-trivial models.
Try it out
ADMB is free software.
The easiest way to start using ADMB in Windows is to install ADMB-IDE, which sets up ADMB with an editor, compiler, and debugger.
Linux and Mac users can download the source code and build ADMB from source, following the instructions included.
Build and run your first model
After installing ADMB, navigate to the ‘examples’ directory (by default,
c:/admb/examples in Windows) and copy the ‘simple’ example to a working directory, such as
If you have ADMB-IDE installed, double-click ‘simple.tpl’, go to the ADMB menu and select Build. Wait for the compiler to build the model and then select Run and View Point Estimates.
Alternatively, open a shell and run
admb simple to build the model and type
simple to run the model. Then open ‘simple.par’ in a text editor to view the point estimates.
Run and modify the examples that come with ADMB, download more examples from the ADMB website or elsewhere.
Write a small model related to your research.