15 Jan '15, 10pm

Fighting Ebola with Simulations and Algorithms

But these simulators were designed for highly communicable diseases such as influenza, rather than Ebola, which is transmitted through close contact. And there’s a bigger problem: If the models are going to be effective, they have to be continuously revised to reflect the evolution of an epidemic, and that’s hard to do. “Doing one simulation is good if you know all the parameters and you want to test one intervention,” says Candan. “But when you want to understand a complex disease like Ebola...you need to run many of these simulations—tens of thousands of them—and each simulation gives a potentially different view of the disease,” he says. “The question is can we sift through all of these simulations to understand what are the critical parameters and critical decisions being made, and which one of these seems to match what you observe on the ground the best?”

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