Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Observer-dependent model for analyzing subjective parameters in epidemiology
by Zarei, Milad, M.S., The University of Texas at El Paso, 2010, 100; 1484166
Abstract (Summary)

Although medical technologies for preventing the contagion and spread of infectious diseases have improved steadily throughout the last century, new infectious diseases are still emerging and spreading swiftly. The modeling of infectious disease spread is crucial in addressing the lack of predictive ability in epidemiology. Managing the spread of infectious diseases requires processing quantitative epidemiological data and the ability to capture the dynamics of the infectious disease in order to provide a measure of control.

In this thesis, I have introducing cognitive biases in diseases spread modeling. For the first time, to the author’s knowledge, the human subjective experience has been included in disease spread modeling, in the form of subjective and objective types of parameters. It is assumed that humans within a disease spread situation will be informed with at least limited information about the objective probability of disease contagion. From this information, humans form a subjective reaction, which includes a subjective assessment of the probability of contagion. Although the translation from the objective to a subjective probability of contagion is rooted in a biological basis, the translation has been adequately determined by previous research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Eric D.
Commitee: Gutierrez, Rafael S., Nazarian, Soheil
School: The University of Texas at El Paso
Department: Industrial Eng.
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Statistics, Industrial engineering, Epidemiology
Keywords: Cognitive biases and prospect theory, Objective and subjective parameters, Observer-dependent model, Perception term (using prospect theory)in lotka-volterra epidemiology equations, Prevention of infectious disease spread, Simulation of disease spread
Publication Number: 1484166
ISBN: 9781124410708
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