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Aiding Cancer Research

 

Working with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Statistics Canada and The University of Ottawa, Beyond 20/20 has enabled powerful microsimulation on the internet for health researchers. Now, cancer researchers, who are geographically located all over the world, perform detailed analysis of proposed interventions  (“what-if” scenarios) on a common environment.

 

Applied to other fields or areas, microsimulation offers other medical research labs, statistics agencies, traffic analysts, financial analysts, and others the ability to likewise perform detailed analysis of proposed interventions (“what-if” scenarios).

 

Beyond 20/20 has worked with medical research organizations and statistics agencies to web-enable and to replace the legacy “Modgen” microsimulation system from Statistics Canada. 

 

Challenges:

    •       Microsimulations are typically conducted in tightly controlled machine environments

    •       A wide variety of inputs and user-controlled parameters must be accommodated and aggregated

    •       Traditional Modgen software does not provide web-based, user-controlled access

    •       Legacy software is limited in terms of the software environment it can be run on

    •       Protect data users from the intricacies of running the software so they can focus on modeling simulations with ease

 

Beyond 20/20 Solutions:

 

We built Modgen Web as a web-based add-on to Modgen. It allows users to tweak microsimulation parameters and re-run models. We have also built an open-source, platform-independent microsimulation product called Open M++ .Both solutions are well used by organizations including a university research lab and a cancer research organization.

 

Near-future plans for our microsimulation solutions include opening up the traditionally tight microsimulation environment to enable the public to easily access and run simulation.