School Seminars and Colloquia

Approximating an epidemic process by a branching process

MASCOS/COSNET seminar

by A.D. Barbour, University of Zuerich


Institution: University of Zuerich
Date: Fri 29th August 2008
Time: 1:15 PM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Bldg, The Uni of Melb

Abstract: The growth of an epidemic process is often effectively approximated in its
early stages by that of an associated branching process, an observation
first formalized by Whittle (1955). The same ideas frequently form the
basis for describing the local structure of random graphs, including those
exhibiting `small world' or power law behaviour. In this talk, we discuss
ways of formalizing the approximation, by using stochastic coupling
methods.

For More Information: Contact: Konstantin Borovkov K.Borovkov@ms.unimelb.edu.au