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2004A&A...419..863H Extragalactic globular clusters in the near infrared IV. Quantifying the age structure using Monte-Carlo simulations M. Hempel and M. Kissler-Patig Received 17 October 2003 / Accepted 23 February 2004 In previous papers of the series, we used a combination of optical and near-infrared colours to derive constrains on the relative age structure in globular cluster systems. Here, we present the details, strength and limitations of our method based on Monte-Carlo simulations of colour-colour diagrams and cumulative age distributions. The simulations are based on general informations about the globular cluster systems (e.g. colour-ranges, the number ratios between sub-populations) and the different single stellar population models (SSP's) which are used to derive relative ages. For both the modeled systems and the observed globular cluster systems we derive the cumulative age distribution and introduce two parameters to define it, the so-called 50% age and the result of the reduced {chi}^2^ test of the comparison between models and observations. The method was tested successfully on several systems and allowed to reveal significant intermediate age populations in two of them. Keywords: galaxies: photometry, galaxies: star clusters
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