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Modelling infection spread using location tracking.

  The precision of location tracking technology has improved greatly over the last few decades. We aim to show that by tracking the locations of individuals in a closed environment, it is now possible to record the nature and frequency of interactions between them. Further, that it is possible to use such data to predict the way in which an infection will spread throughout such a population, given parameters such as transmission and recovery rates. We accordingly present a software package that is capable of recording and then replaying location data provided by a high-precision location tracking system. The software then employs a combination of SIR modelling and the epidemiological technique of contact tracing in order to predict the spread of an ...

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    30 November 2009

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    Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science


Mason, A. M., Dingle, N. J., Knottenbelt, W. J., Bell, D., Buchanan, W. J. & Thuemmler, C. (2009). Modelling infection spread using location tracking. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management. 11, 442-461. doi:10.1504/IJHTM.2010.036925. ISSN 1368-2156



Location tracking technology; infection spread; transmission; recovery rates; SIR modelling; epidemiology;

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