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An Agent-Based/Network Approach to Spatial Epidemics

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This study focused on the development of a spatially explicit agent-based model (ABM) for simulating the spreading of infectious diseases; furthermore it was assumed that the diseases spread in non-homogeneous mixed populations, distributed in an irregular space. We believe that in large scale simulation models, a realistic description of space and movement is as essential to the spreading of the disease as the description of the infectious process itself. Therefore a lot of effort was put on the development of a realistic movement model. The final version of this ABM comprehends both a movement and an infection model, which are sequentially applied at each time step. In order to be applied an tested, the model was implemented as a standalone software using the Object Oriented Paradigm (OOP), integrating the modelling algorithms with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and functionalities.

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Simoes, J.A. (2012). An Agent-Based/Network Approach to Spatial Epidemics. In: Heppenstall, A., Crooks, A., See, L., Batty, M. (eds) Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8927-4_29

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