An introduction to networks in epidemic modeling

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We use a stochastic branching process to describe the beginning of a disease outbreak. Unlike compartmental models, if the basic reproduction number is greater than one there may be a minor outbreak or a major epidemic with a probability depending on the nature of the contact network. We use a network approach to determine the distribution of outbreak and epidemic sizes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMathematical Epidemiology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540789109
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mathematics
ISSN (Print)0075-8434

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory

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    Brauer, F. (2008). An introduction to networks in epidemic modeling. In Mathematical Epidemiology (pp. 133-146). (Lecture Notes in Mathematics; Vol. 1945). Springer Verlag.