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New Human Movement Model Can Aid in Studying Epidemic Outbreaks, Public Planning


April 27, 2009

News thumbnail of people on the move Researchers have developed a new statistical model that simulates human mobility patterns, mimicking the way people move over the course of a day, a month or longer. The model, developed by scientists at North Carolina State University, is the first to represent the regular movement patterns of humans using statistical data. The model has a host of potential uses, ranging from land-use planning to public health studies of epidemic disease. Full Story

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