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, Volume 93, Issue 2–4, pp 147–169

First Online: 13 October 2011Received: 21 September 2011Accepted: 27 September 2011


Serious epidemics, both in cyber space as well as in our real world, are expected to occur with high probability, which justifies investigations in virus spread models in contact networks. The N-intertwined virus spread model of the SIS-type is introduced as a promising and analytically tractable model of which the steady-state behavior is fairly completely determined. Compared to the exact SIS Markov model, the N-intertwined model makes only one approximation of a mean-field kind that results in upper bounding the exact model for finite network size N and improves in accuracy with N. We review many properties theoretically, thereby showing, besides the flexibility to extend the model into an entire heterogeneous setting, that much insight can be gained that is hidden in the exact Markov model.

KeywordsEpidemics Networks Robustness Mean-field approximation Mathematics Subject Classification 200005C50 05C82 37H20 46N10 46N30 60J28  Download to read the full article text

Author: Piet Van Mieghem


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