Limits of static spatial microsimulation models

Robert Tanton, Kimberley Edwards

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This chapter outlines some of the limits of static spatial microsimulation models. There are four issues covered in this chapter, being data limitations; how adding different benchmark tables affects the results; issues with non-converging areas when too many benchmark tables are specified; and how a non-representative sample for the survey data affects results.

Our conclusions are that the main data limitation is getting two comparable datasets; that increasing the number of benchmarks makes the final weights more generalisable but increases the number of non-converging areas; and that using within-area records may give slightly better results for some areas, but not for all areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial microsimulation: a reference guide for users
EditorsRobert Tanton, Kimberley L Edwards
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789400746237
ISBN (Print)9789400746220
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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