Two new general methods for incorporating like-with-like preference into one-sex mixing models in epidemiology are presented. The first is a generalization of the preferred mixing equation, while the second comprises a transformation of a general preference function for partners of similar sexual activity levels. Both methods satisfy the constraints implicit in a mixing model. The behavior of the transformation preference method is illustrated, and it is compared with the standard proportionate mixing model.
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- Statistics and Probability
- Modeling and Simulation
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Applied Mathematics