A new tool for building synthetic populations, alleviating the drawbacks of classical methods, is presented. It creates both individuals and households at a quite disaggregated spatial level and simulates the temporal evolution of the built synthetic population.VirtualBelgium, this new tool, is applied on the Belgian case and is coupled with multi-agents models for simulating mobility behaviours.
Cornelis, E., Hollaert, L., Barthelemy, J. & Toint, P. L. (2013). An original synthetic population tool applied to Belgian case: VirtualBelgium. Proceedings of NTTS - Conferences on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics: The meeting place for Research in Official Statistics (pp. 695-701). Brussels: Eurostat.