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Social networks, contagion processes and the spreading of infectious diseases

Social networks, contagion processes and the spreading of infectious diseases

Gonçalves, Bruno, Perra, Nicola and Vespignani, Alessandro (2012) Social networks, contagion processes and the spreading of infectious diseases. In: Walhout, A.J., Vidal, M. and Dekker, J., (eds.) Handbook of Systems Biology. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 515-527. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385944-0.00027-7)

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Abstract

Questions concerning how pathogens spread in a population, the worldwide diffusion of new emerging diseases, as well as the description of many social contagion phenomena such as smoking behavior or the adoption of dietary habits, are all dealing with the complex features of our increasingly interconnected societies. The dynamic processes that characterize large-scale spreading and contagion phenomena are indeed at work in complex societies where infrastructures composed of different technological layers are interoperating within the social component that drives their use and development. In other words, the characterization and understanding of these systems goes through a system-level perspective, which represents a new challenge that has considerably transformed the mathematical and conceptual framework for the study of dynamic processes in complex systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contagion processes on networks
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 11:17
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16168

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