SIS Case Study

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Using data from CDC tables for National Notifiable Infectious Diseases and Conditions for the United States, we are modeling the spread of some of the more idenifiable diseases throughout the populous of Tarleton's collegiate body. Moreover, Networkx package is used to graphically represent the SIS( Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible) model. This model is used to portray, based on ethnicities and age stipulations, the epidemic spread of diseases throughout social networks based on their perspective relationships. Thus, nodes labeled S are susceptible, and depending on their relative relationships or edges to infected nodes, they may contract the respective infectious disease from the infected nodes based on the
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Further, the arbitrary probabilities of twenty and ten percent were used to represent the likelyhood of intra-relationships and inter-relationships between ethnicities, respectively. Furthermore, the rates used for intra-relationships was held at a constant twenty percent, while the rate for inter-relationships were held constant at ten percent. The reason for this is that cross-ethnicity relationships are assumed to be less likely than that of relationships within one's own ethnic group. For each model, except for Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C, the rates are adjusted to be per 100, while Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C are adjusted to represent a rate per 1000, due to the smaller size of their incident rates.
An additional parameter used in the simulation is the list part_sizes. This list represent the porportion of ethic groups relative to a hundred percent of the student population that is approximated to 10,000. On the 2nd of December 2017 the percentage of the ethnic groups consisting of Caucasian, African American, and Hispanics. Further, Caucasians represent 68.4%, rounded to 69%, Hispanics represent 17.8%, rounded to 17%, and African Americans represent the remaining student body, resulting in the sum of the three ethnicities to represent 100% of student body. Additionally, to further simplify the graphical representation generated by networkx, the number of nodes will be set to 16, 4, and 3
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