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Sabine Zinn, Jutta Gampe, Jan Himmelspach, and Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2009)

MicCore: A Tool for Microsimulation

In: Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, ed. by M. D. Rossetti and R. R. Hill and B. Johansson and A. Dunkin and R. G. Ingalls, pp. 992-1002, IEEE Computer Science.

Microsimulation is an increasingly popular tool in the social sciences. Individual behavior is described by a (commonly stochastic) model and subsequently simulated to study outcomes on the aggregate level. Demographic projections are a prominent area of application. Despite numerous available tools often new software is designed and implemented for specific applications. In this paper we describe how a modeling and simulation framework, JAMES II, was used to create a specialized tool for population projections, the MIC-CORE. Reusing validated and well-tested modeling and simulation functionality significantly reduced development time while keeping performance levels high. We document how the MIC-CORE was built as plug-ins to JAMES II and illustrate the performance of the resulting tool. We demonstrate how the concept of a modeling and simulation framework enabled successful software reuse of available functionality and briefly report of future work.

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