Spatial microsimulation 101

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I recently gave a presentation for analysts and data modellers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) introducing the spatial microsimulation technique (specifically the IPF flavour), and below are the slides I used (use spacebar to navigate through the slides):

Much of the content is based on material from Spatial Microsimulation with R by Robin Lovelace and Morgane Dumont (online content | physical book) and my own rakeR package for R.

For the presentation I also created a spatial model of tax credits claimants in Doncaster based on data I already had for Doncaster and survey responses from Understanding Society. NB: don’t use the model results in any analysis; they were created quickly to demonstrate the concept and as such haven’t been tested or validated in any way.

The figure below shows the proportion of residents in each output area who claim tax credits, with darker areas indicating a higher proportion of claimants.

Spatial microsimulation of tax credits in Doncaster