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Title: Epidemic spreading induced by diversity of agents' mobility
Authors: Zhou, J.
Chung, N.N.
Chew, L.Y.
Lai, C.H. 
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2012
Citation: Zhou, J., Chung, N.N., Chew, L.Y., Lai, C.H. (2012-08-27). Epidemic spreading induced by diversity of agents' mobility. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 86 (2) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, we study the impact of the preference of an individual for public transport on the spread of infectious disease, through a quantity known as the public mobility. Our theoretical and numerical results based on a constructed model reveal that if the average public mobility of the agents is fixed, an increase in the diversity of the agents' public mobility reduces the epidemic threshold, beyond which an enhancement in the rate of infection is observed. Our findings provide an approach to improve the resistance of a society against infectious disease, while preserving the utilization rate of the public transportation system. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Source Title: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
ISSN: 15393755
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.026115
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