## SIR epidemics in a population of households

Shaw, Laurence M. (2016) SIR epidemics in a population of households. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The severity of the outbreak of an infectious disease is highly dependent upon the structure of the population through which it spreads. This thesis considers the stochastic SIR (susceptible $\rightarrow$ infective $\rightarrow$ removed) household epidemic model, in which individuals mix with other individuals in their household at a far higher rate than with any other member of the population. This model gives a more realistic view of dynamics for the transmission of many diseases than the traditional model, in which all individuals in a population mix homogeneously, but retains mathematical tractability, allowing us to draw inferences from disease data.