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Scaling law for the impact of mutant contagion

  title={Scaling law for the impact of mutant contagion},
  author={Jonas S{\o}gaard Juul and Steven H. Strogatz},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
Contagion, broadly construed, refers to anything that can spread infectiously from peer to peer. Examples include communicable diseases, rumors, misinformation, ideas, innovations, bank failures, and electrical blackouts. Sometimes, as in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, a contagion mutates as it propagates. Here, using a simple mathematical model, we quantify the downstream impact of a contagion that mutates exactly once as it travels. Assuming that this mutation occurs at a random node in the… 

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