Demographers are sometimes asked what-to-expect for population next year, and total population (rather than births or deaths, or general migration or aging trends, etc) is often the most difficult part to provide helpful information on, so: To view a distribution of possibilities for next year's total population based on best guesses you have for high/lows on components of change (easy to forget how Very easy that is to do/see in R, say w uniform distributions, and no correlation between components):

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# Number of iterations
iter<-10000

# Starting population
Pop2016<-739828

# Components of change for the period (year)
# Uniform distribution guesses for components (iter, low bound, highbound)
Deaths<-runif(iter,4000,5000)
Births<-runif(iter,9000,14000)
InMigration<-runif(iter,30000,50000)
OutMigration<-runif(iter,40000,70000)

# Sampling
Pop2017<-array(0,iter)
for(i in 1:iter){Pop2017[i]<-(Pop2016 - Deaths[i]
+ Births[i] - OutMigration[i] + InMigration[i])}

# Output
quantile(Pop2017-Pop2016,c(.005,.05,.1,.25,.5,.75,.90,.95,.995))
quantile(Pop2017,c(.005,.05,.1,.25,.5,.75,.90,.95,.995))
hist(Pop2017-Pop2016,50)
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Related interface posted at: http://shiny.demog.berkeley.edu/eddieh/NextYearPop/

Also for above (repost of https://plus.google.com/+AppliedDemographyToolbox/posts/Zu4yQphpF8c): ~fun to combine and see: if unsure of the high/low bounds for components, can very easily set those as distributions as well (I just use uniform here, but could use anything, incl sample (sample()) of experts, etc):

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# Number of iterations
iter<-10000

# Starting population
Pop2016<-739828

# Components of change for the period (year)
# Uniform distribution guesses for components (iter, low bound, highbound)
Deaths<-runif(iter,4000,5000)
Births<-runif(iter,runif(iter,9000,10000),runif(iter,13000,14000))
InMigration<-runif(iter,runif(iter,25000,30000),runif(iter,45000,55000))
OutMigration<-runif(iter,40000,runif(iter,60000,80000))

# Sampling
Pop2017<-array(0,iter)
for(i in 1:iter){Pop2017[i]<-(Pop2016 - Deaths[i]
+ Births[i] - OutMigration[i] + InMigration[i])}

# Output
quantile(Pop2017-Pop2016,c(.005,.05,.1,.25,.5,.75,.90,.95,.995))
quantile(Pop2017,c(.005,.05,.1,.25,.5,.75,.90,.95,.995))
hist(Pop2017-Pop2016,50)
hist(Pop2017,50)
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