Welcome to IDM tuberculosis modeling

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) develops disease modeling software that is thoroughly tested and shared with the research community to advance the understanding of disease dynamics. This software helps determine the combination of health policies and intervention strategies that can lead to disease eradication. If you encounter any issues while using the software, please contact support@idmod.org.

The primary software, EMOD, is an agent-based model (ABM) that simulates the simultaneous interactions of agents in an effort to recreate complex phenomena. Each agent (such as a human or vector) can be assigned a variety of “properties” (for example, age, gender, etc.), and their behavior and interactions with one another are determined by using decision rules. These models have strong predictive power and are able to leverage spatial and temporal dynamics.

Documentation structure

“Using the model” contains information for researchers who want to create simulations of disease dynamics using EMOD as developed by IDM.

“Advancing the model” contains information for researchers and developers who want to modify the EMOD source code to add more functionality to the model.

IDM recently separated the EMOD documentation into disease-specific sets that provide guidance for researchers modeling particular diseases. The documentation contains only the parameters, output reports, and other components of the model that are available to use with this disease model.

For example, this documentation set includes general installation and usage instructions that are common in all simulation types in addition to content specific to modeling tuberculosis.

Using the model