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Compartmented models of disease

When modelling diseases computationally we need to step back from the biological complexity somewhat, and this leads to a set of approaches called compartmented models. A disease progresses through a set of stages, modelled as compartments: at any point, each individual sits in a particular compartment and the disease evolves by people moving between the compartments as their disease progresses. Classically these models are studied using differential equations, and it’s useful to understand this before seeing how networks provide a more reliable setting for the same models.

(This is a chapter from Complex networks, complex processes.)

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Epidemic disease processes

There are lots of different spreading processes, but perhaps the most engaging — as well as the most socially important — is the way epidemics spread. Before we think about how epidemics spread over networks, we should first explore how epidemics are typically encountered and understood in medicine.

(This is a chapter from Complex networks, complex processes.)

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How computer science can help keep you healthy

Well, it has to be good for something

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