Dynamic communicability predicts infectiousness

Mantzaris, Alexander Vassilios and Higham, Desmond; Holme, Petter and Saramaki, Jari, eds. (2013) Dynamic communicability predicts infectiousness. In: Temporal networks. Springer, Berlin, pp. 283-294. ISBN 9783642364600 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36461-7_14)

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Using real, time-dependent social interaction data, we look at correlations between some recently proposed dynamic centrality measures and summaries from large-scale epidemic simulations. The evolving network arises from email exchanges. The centrality measures, which are relatively inexpensive to compute, assign rankings to individual nodes based on their ability to broadcast information over the dynamic topology. We compare these with node rankings based on infectiousness that arise when a full stochastic SI simulation is performed over the dynamic network. More precisely, we look at the proportion of the network that a node is able to infect over a fixed time period, and the length of time that it takes for a node to infect half the network.We find that the dynamic centrality measures are an excellent, and inexpensive, proxy for the full simulation-based measures.