Deterministic and Stochastic Reed-Frost Epidemic Modeling Software


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Introduction

     The Reed-Frost Epidemic model was first developed in 1927 and 1928 by Dr. L.J. Reed and Dr. W.H. Frost at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, [1]. Reed and Frost developed this model as a derivative work of previous efforts from Soper, [1, 11]. It is a chain binomial model of epidemic spread used mainly, at the time, for teaching biostatistics and epidemiology, [1].
     It is generally well suited for explaining highly contagious diseases rather than for endemic diseases, [12].
     Originally, the model was designed to be used with statistical sampling techniques with random number generators, [11]. However, at the time, computer systems capable of such work were still in the realm of science fiction. Consequently Reed and Frost used mechanical devices to generate random number sequences, [11].

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