In this paper a regenerative argument is used to derive an expression for the expectation of the integral under the stochastic path of a birth-death Markov process up to extinction time as well as for the expected time to extinction. Some applications to classical-birth-death processes are given.
BACKGROUND Current Chagas disease vector control strategies, based on chemical insecticide spraying, are growingly threatened by the emergence of pyrethroid-resistant Triatoma infestans populations in the Gran Chaco region of South America. METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS We have already shown that the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana has the ability… (More)
Introduction Dengue fever is an important vector-transmitted disease that affects more than 100 countries worldwide. Locations where individuals tend to gather may play an important role in disease transmission in the presence of the vector. By controlling mosquitoes' breeding places, this study aims to analyze the effect of reducing transmission in… (More)
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.3402/gha.v9.28026.].
Models for species dispersal make various simplifications to facilitate analysis, such as ignoring spatial correlations or assuming equal probability of colonization among all sites within a dispersal neighborhood. Here we introduce a variation of the basic contact process (BCP) which allows us to separate the number of offspring produced from the… (More)