In the context of the recently developed equation-free approach to computer-assisted analysis of complex systems, we extract
the self-similar solution describing core collapse of a stellar system from numerical experiments. The technique allows us to
side-step the core bounce that occurs in direct N-body simulations due to the small-N correlations that develop in the late stages
of collapse, and hence to follow the evolution well into the self-similar regime, even for particle numbers as small as 16K.