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Tuesday, June 28 • 4:45pm - 5:03pm
Simulation of Synthetic Complex Data: The R-Package simPop

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The production of synthetic datasets has been proposed as a statistical disclosure control solution to generate public use files out of protected data, and as a tool to create "augmented datasets" to serve as input for micro-simulation models. The performance and acceptability of such a tool relies heavily on the quality of the synthetic populations, i.e., on the statistical similarity between the synthetic and the true population of interest. Multiple approaches and tools have been developed to generate synthetic data. These approaches can be categorized into three main groups: synthetic reconstruction, combinatorial optimization, and model-based generation. We introduce simPop, an open source data synthesizer. SimPop is a user-friendly R-package based on a modular object-oriented concept. It provides a highly optimized S4 class implementation of various methods, including calibration by iterative proportional fitting and simulated annealing, and modeling or data fusion by logistic regression and other methods.

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Thomas Petzoldt

Senior Scientist, TU Dresden (Dresden University of Technology)
dynamic modelling, ecology, environmental statistics, aquatic ecosystems, antibiotic resistances, R packages: simecol, deSolve, FME, marelac, growthrates, shiny apps for teaching, object orientation

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Alexander Kowarik

Head of Methods Unit, Statistics Austria

Tuesday June 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:03pm PDT