1st Edition

Mathematical Modeling in the Age of the Pandemic

By William P. Fox Copyright 2021
    174 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    174 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    174 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

     One cannot watch or read about the news these days without hearing about the models for COVID-19 or the testing that must occur to approve vaccines or treatments for the disease.

    The purpose of Mathematical Modeling in the Age of a Pandemic is to shed some light on the meaning and interpretations of many of the types of models that are or might be used in the presentation of analysis. Understanding the concepts presented is essential in the entire modeling process of a pandemic.

    From the virus itself and its infectious rates and deaths rates to explain the process for testing a vaccine or eventually a cure, the author builds, presents, and shows model testing.

    This book is an attempt, based on available data, to add some validity to the models developed and used, showing how close to reality the models are to predicting "results" from previous pandemics such as the Spanish flu in 1918 and more recently the Hong Kong flu. Then the author applies those same models to Italy, New York City, and the United States as a whole.

    Modeling is a process. It is essential to understand that there are many assumptions that go into the modeling of each type of model. The assumptions influence the interpretation of the results. Regardless of the modeling approach the results generally indicate approximately the same results. This book reveals how these interesting results are obtained.


    1. Modeling as a Process


    3. Modeling Coupled Systems of Discrete Dynamical Systems

    4. Modeling with Differential Equation

    5. Systems of Differential Equations

    6. Probabilistic Models

    7. Hypothesis Tests

    8. Two Samples Hypothesis test (means and proportions)

    9. Agent Based Model with NetLogo

    10. Concluding Remarks and Epilogue




    Dr. William P. Fox is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. Currently, he is a Visitng Professor of Computational Operations Research in the Department of Mathematics at the College of William and Mary. He received his BS degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, his MS in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. He has taught at the United States Military Academy, at Francis Marion University where he was the chair of mathematics for eight years, and twelve years at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has many publications and scholarly activities including over twenty books (6 with CRC Press), twenty-two chapters of books & technical reports, one hundred and fifty journal articles, and over one hundred and fifty conference presentations and mathematical modeling workshops.