Reed-Frost model


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Reed-Frost model

(rēd frost),
mathematical model of infectious disease transmission and herd immunity. The model gives the number of new cases of an infection that can be expected in a specified time in a closed, freely mixing population of immune and susceptible individuals, with varying assumptions about frequency of contact.

Reed-Frost mod·el

(rēd-frawst mod'ĕl)
Mathematical model of infectious disease transmission and herd immunity. The model gives the number of new cases of an infection that can be expected in a specified time in a closed, freely mixing population of immune and susceptible people, with varying assumptions about frequency of contact.

Reed,

Walter, U.S. army surgeon, 1851-1902.
Reed-Frost model - mathematical model of infectious disease transmission and herd immunity.

Reed-Frost model

a simple mathematical model of an outbreak of hypothetical disease; a chain-binomial model, based on the development of an outbreak of disease occurring as a chain of events, each of which is assessable in terms of a binomial equation, suitable for class-room use. See also epidemiological model.