Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 611–613 | Cite as

On stochastic compartmental modeling

  • B. C. McInnis
  • S. A. El-Asfouri
  • S. A. Kapadia
Letter to the Editor

Abstract

This communication contains a proof of the fact that the coefficient of variation of the contents of a compartment of a stochastic compartmental model with deterministic rate parameters is small for large populations. We can therefore conclude that the use of stochastic compartmental models is not of great consequence in the case of systems involving large populations when only the randomness of the transfer mechanism is considered.

Keywords

Stochastic Theory Constant Transfer Rate Compartment System Single Compartment Model Time Dependent Transition 

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© Society of Mathematical Biology 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. C. McInnis
    • 1
  • S. A. El-Asfouri
    • 2
  • S. A. Kapadia
    • 3
  1. 1.Electrical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.School of Public HealthUniversity of Texas Health Science Center, Health Science Center at HoustonHoustonUSA

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