Sean‘s pick this week is Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection by E. Cheynet.
In honor of Halloween, E. has provided us with a way to simulate zombie outbreaks! Do you have what it takes to save humanity?
Npop = 500; % population alpha = 7.5e-3 ; % "zombie destruction" rate. beta = 5e-3; % "zombie creation" rate. zeta = 9.2e-2; % zombie resurrection rate delta = 1.2e-4; % susceptibles death rate tmax = 100; % max duration of the simulation (non-dimensional) dt = 0.005; % time step [SRZ, t] = zombies(Npop, alpha, beta, zeta, delta, tmax, dt, 0); plotPopulations(t, SRZ, Npop) snapnow
Hmm, what if we work on our sharp shooter skills and eat healthy?
alpha = 1e-2; % Go to the range delta = 9e-5; % Add broccoli [SRZ, t] = zombies(Npop, alpha, beta, zeta, delta, tmax, dt, 0); plotPopulations(t, SRZ, Npop) snapnow
That only delays the inevitable; skip the broccoli, we need to execute a mass extermination of zombies. The erad function gives us the ability to raid them.
delta = 1.2e-4; % Back to pizza k = 0.65; Nraid = 4; [SRZ, t] = erad(Npop, alpha, beta, zeta, delta, k, Nraid, tmax, dt,0); plotPopulations(t, SRZ, Npop)
Zombies have been eradicated (until now...).
Unfortunately, the model doesn’t seem to account for new humans being born, so I think any simulation eventually ends with us all dead… Have a great weekend!
function plotPopulations(t, SRZ, Npop) figure plot(t, SRZ); ylim([0, 1.1*Npop]) legend('Susceptibles', 'Deads', 'Zombies', 'location', 'west') ylabel('Population') xlabel('Non-dimensional Time') end
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