Introduction
This utility simulates sampling and prevalence estimation for up to 6 different pooling
strategies for and up to 5 different pool sizes for each strategy. Simulations assume
perfect test sensitivity and specificity and the specified assumed prevalence in the population.
The program runs multiple iterations of sampling and estimation and calculates the mean
prevalence and confidence limits for the specified level of confidence across all iterations
and estimates the level of bias in the prevalence estimates. See the
User Guide for more details.
See demonstration analysis
The program uses a generalised linear model to estimate prevalence and confidence limits
for variable pool sizes and compares the mean estimates to the assumed (design) prtevalence to
estimate bias. The program assumes that the test used has perfect sensitivity and specificity
but allows for the estimates of sensitivity and specificity to be incorrect, allowing assessment
of the potential impact of inaccurate estimates on the resulting prevalence estimate.
Inputs
Required inputs for this program are:
 assumed true prevalence of infection  between 0 and 1;
 true test sensitivity and specificity  between 0 and 1;
 the desired level of confidence  between 0 and 1;
 the number of iterations to simulate  a positive integer; and
 the size and number of pools to be tested for each strategy to be simulated.
This data should be copied and pasted from a spreadsheet format as described below.
Outputs
Outputs are summarised across all iterations for each strategy entered and presented in a summary
table. The main outputs are:
In addition, detailed results for all iterations for each strategy can be downloaded as a
text file, and histograms of the prevalence estimates can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate icons in
the summary results table.
Note:
Data for pool sizes and associated numbers of pools tested should be pasted
into the data submission area. You can enter any number of strategies to simulate,
with a new row required for each strategy. You must enter at least three columns of data,
labeled "Strategy", "PoolSize" and "Pools". Where there are multiple pool sizes
for a strategy enter each pool size and corresponding number of pools on a new
row. Include a header row containing the names.
This analysis may take several minutes to complete, depending on the number of strategies and
the number of iterations required.
