Small inter-event times govern epidemic spreading on temporal networks

@article{Masuda2019SmallIT,
  title={Small inter-event times govern epidemic spreading on temporal networks},
  author={N. Masuda and Petter Holme},
  journal={arXiv: Populations and Evolution},
  year={2019}
}
Just like the degrees of human and animal interaction networks, the distribution of the times between interactions is known to often be right-skewed and fat-tailed. Both these distributions affect epidemic dynamics strongly, but, as we show in this Letter, for very different reasons. Whereas the high degrees of the tail are critical for facilitating epidemics, it is the small interevent times that control the dynamics of epidemics. We investigate this effect both analytically and numerically… Expand
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