Researchers find clue to epidemics in 'bursty' social behavior

Maurizio Porfiri, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon participated in this research.

Researchers from New York University Tandon School of Engineering and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, have developed a mathematical model that could cure the potential to underestimate how quickly diseases spread. The team discovered that current predictive models may miss the influence of a critical aspect of the social behavior of individuals called "burstiness."

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