Template-driven spatial-temporal outbreak simulation for outbreak detection evaluation.

Min Zhang, Garrick L. Wallstrom

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We developed a non-disease specific template-driven spatial-temporal outbreak simulator for evaluating outbreak detection algorithms. With only a few outbreak parameter settings, our simulator can generate different patterns of outbreak cases either temporally or spatial-temporally using three different generation algorithms: deterministic, independent, Poisson process. Our simulator is flexible, easy to implement and provides case event times rather than aggregated counts. We provide examples of outbreak simulations using linear template functions. Our Template-Driven Simulator is a useful tool for evaluating of outbreak detection algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-858
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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