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Title: Complex agent networks explaining the HIV epidemic among homosexual men in Amsterdam
Authors: Mei, Shan.
Sloot, Peter M. A.
Quax, Rick.
Zhu, Yifan.
Wang, Weiping.
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Mei, S., Sloot, P. M. A., Quax, R., Zhu, Y., & Wang, W. (2009). Complex agent networks explaining the HIV epidemic among homosexual men in Amsterdam. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 80(5), 1018-1030.
Series/Report no.: Mathematics and computers in simulation
Abstract: Simulating the spreading of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic requires a detailed description of the population network, especially for small populations in which individuals can be represented in detail and accuracy. In this paper, we introduce the concept of a complex agent network (CAN) to model the HIV epidemic by combining multi-agent systems and complex networks, in which agents represent individuals who can have sexual interactions. The applicability of CANs is demonstrated by constructing and executing a detailed HIV epidemic model for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Amsterdam, including a distinction between steady and casual relationships. We focus on MSM contacts because they play an important role in HIV epidemics and have been tracked in Amsterdam for a long time. Our experiments show good correspondence between the historical data of the Amsterdam cohort study and the simulation results.
DOI: 10.1016/j.matcom.2009.12.008
Rights: © 2009 IMACS.
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