Pathogens, Social Networks, and the Paradox of Transmission Scaling
Scaling of transmission on Poisson (a, b), exponential (c, d), and scale-free (e, f) networks. Left-hand panels are the mean realized per capita transmission rate, , plotted against network size. Right-hand panels are the mean number of infections per edge between susceptible and infected nodes. Solid lines indicate a constant mean number of contacts for all population sizes. Dashed lines indicate a mean number of contacts that increase proportional to the square root of population size. Dotted lines indicate a mean number of contacts that increase linearly with the population size. Vertical bars give the standard deviation in observations from 30 simulated networks.
(e) Power law
(f) Power law
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