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Dynamical modeling and analysis of epidemics.


Dynamical modeling and analysis of epidemics.

Ed. by Zhien Ma and Jia Li.

World Scientific


498 pages




Aiming for deep understanding of epidemic dynamics, mathematical modeling is "...based on the occurrence and progressions of diseases and the surroundings [and aims] to characterize the infectious agents, to describe the transmission processes, to analyze origins of the diseases and factors involve in the transmissions, and to predict the prevalence of the diseases and their patterns." This presentation provides a solid foundation for newcomers to the field as well as more advanced investigation for those interested in the frontiers. Coverage begins with the fundamentals and then proceeds to modeling with ordinary differential equations, delays and spatial heterogeneity, and impulsive effects, followed by a chapter on structured epidemic models. The final chapter deals with three diseases--SARS, HIV, and TB--and the specifics of applying the models. Jia Li (U. of Alabama, USA) is a guest professor at China's Xi'an Jiaotong University, where Zhien Ma heads the mathematical biology group and has been working on the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and epidemic dynamics since 1995; this book includes their writing and editing as well as contributions from four other China-based mathematicians.

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