Calibrating the Model

  • James C. Frauenthal
Part of the The UMAP Expository Monograph Series book series (UMAP)


Estimating the values of the parameters in (39) is a non-trivial task. One might argue that extensive amounts of data and sophisticated statistical procedures should be employed. However, since the mathematical model is at best approximate, rough estimates are apt to be adequate. The results should permit authorities to decide whether the model implies that vaccination should unequivocally be discontinued (s=1), or enthusiastically pursued (s=0), or that some intermediate course of action should be followed. With all the detail that has been omitted from the model, it is inappropriate to quote a value of s* to three decimal places.


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© Education Development Center, Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Frauenthal
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  1. 1.Applied Mathematics and StatisticsState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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