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Math's Role in the Ebola Fight

Mathematical biologist Ben Adams (University of Bath) explains how mathematicians contribute to the fight against the likes of Ebola.

"While big data analysts and statisticians process observational information to refine a picture of what is happening, where and when," Adams writes, "mathematical modellers instead distill into equations the fundamental mechanisms that govern epidemiological dynamics such as transmission, incubation, recovery, treatment and quarantine."

Models can be set up and analyzed quickly enough, Adams says, to enable decision makers to conduct thought experiments in rapid succession, exploring alternative actions.

Read the essay.

Start Date: 
Friday, November 7, 2014

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