MIC-core: A Tool for Microsimulation

Zinn, Sabine and Himmelspach, Jan and Gampe, Jutta and Uhrmacher, Adelinde M. (2009) MIC-core: A Tool for Microsimulation. In: Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2009), 13-16 Dec 2009, Austin, TX, USA. Proceedings, published by IEEE, Electronic ISSN: 1558-4305, pp. 992-1002.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2009.5429424


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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