Dynamic Network Model for Predicting Occurrences of Salmonella at Food Facilities
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Salmonella is among the most common food borne illnesses which may result from consumption of contaminated products. In this paper we model the co-occurrence data between USDA-controlled food processing establishments and various strains of Salmonella (serotypes) as a network which evolves over time. We apply a latent space model originally developed for dynamic analysis of social networks to predict the future link structure of the graph. Experimental results indicate predictive utility of analyzing establishments as a network of interconnected entities as opposed to modeling their risk independently of each other. The model can be used to predict occurrences of a particular strain of Salmonella in the future. That could potentially aid in proactive monitoring of establishments at risk, allowing for early intervention and mitigation of adverse consequences to public health.
KeywordsLink analysis latent space models social networks food safety surveillance risk based inspection
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