Estimating Within-household Contact Networks from Egocentric Data.

  title={Estimating Within-household Contact Networks from Egocentric Data.},
  author={Gail E. Potter and Mark S. Handcock and Ira M. Longini and M. Elizabeth Halloran},
  journal={The annals of applied statistics},
  volume={5 3},
Acute respiratory diseases are transmitted over networks of social contacts. Large-scale simulation models are used to predict epidemic dynamics and evaluate the impact of various interventions, but the contact behavior in these models is based on simplistic and strong assumptions which are not informed by survey data. These assumptions are also used for estimating transmission measures such as the basic reproductive number and secondary attack rates. Development of methodology to infer contact… CONTINUE READING