Models for the Spread of Infection via Pairing at Parties

  • D. J. Daley
  • J. Gani
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 19)


This chapter considers some algebraically tractable population models for the spread of infection through the formation of pairs of individuals; a further infection is produced if a pair consists of a susceptible and an infective. The closest “classical” analogue is the so-called simple epidemic with infection and no recovery, operating in discrete time. The models may help us to understand the spread of infection due to needle-sharing in small groups, as, for example, in the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among intravenous drug users (IVDUs).


Epidemic Model Intravenous Drug User Mixed Pair Binomial Random Variable Bivariate Process 
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