Title
Creating realistic synthetic populations at varying spatial scales : a comparative critique of population synthesis techniques
Description
There are several established methodologies for generating synthetic populations. These include deterministic reweighting, conditional probability (Monte Carlo simulation) and simulated annealing. However, each of these approaches is limited by, for example, the level of geography to which it can be applied, or number of characteristics of the real population that can be replicated. The research examines and critiques the performance of each of these methods over varying spatial scales. Results show that the most consistent and accurate populations generated over all the spatial scales are produced from the simulated annealing algorithm. The relative merits and limitations of each method are evaluated in the discussion.
URL
http://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/2236/
Language
English
Author
Kirk Harland
Co-author
Mark Birkin
Co-author
Dianna Smith
Co-author
Alison Heppenstall
Volume number
15
Issue number
1
ISSN
1460-7425
Publisher
Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
Date of publication
31 January 2012
Page reference
1-15
Place of publication
Guildford
PubMed
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Journal of artifical societies and social simulation