The interplay between determinism and stochasticity in childhood diseases
UNSPECIFIED. (2002) The interplay between determinism and stochasticity in childhood diseases. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 159 (5). pp. 469-481. ISSN 0003-0147Full text not available from this repository.
An important issue in the history of ecology has been the study of the relative importance of deterministic forces and processes noise in shaping the dynamics of ecological populations. We address this question by exploring the temporal dynamics of two childhood infections, measles and whooping cough, in England and Wales. We demonstrate that epidemics of whooping cough are strongly influenced by stochasticity; fully deterministic approaches cannot achieve even a qualitative fit to the observed data. In contrast, measles dynamics are extremely well explained by a deterministic model. These differences are shown to be caused by their contrasting responses to dynamical noise due to different infectious periods.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||AMERICAN NATURALIST|
|Publisher:||UNIV CHICAGO PRESS|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 469-481|
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