Individual-based modelling in epidemiology: a practical introduction

Estimated cost: R1001 – R5000
Field Of Study: Agent-Based Modelling
Department Name: SACEMA The SA DST NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiologica


Individual-based models (IBMs), also frequently referred to as agent-based models, are a relatively new class of models that can be used to gain insight into the population dynamics of complex systems that emerge from the characteristics and behaviours of individuals in the population. This course aims to give participants the skills to design, implement, and analyse IBMs. After a brief introduction of the fundamentals of modelling, as well as a popular, open-access platform for building IBMs (RNetLogo), key modelling concepts are introduced and discussed, including
¿ Deciding on appropriate structure and complexity of the model
¿ Developing rules for the actions of individual
¿ Testing the validity of the software
¿ Analysing the emerging model dynamics
¿ Fitting the model to empirical data
¿ Validating model inputs and outputs

Entry Requirement: Professional 4-year Bachelor’s degree /Bachelor Honours degree or Equivalent Qualification
Certificate Type: Attendance
Duration: 5 days
Presentation Language: English
Contact Person Name: L Scheepers
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Contact Person Phone: (021) 808 2780
Latest Year Offered: 2017