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Research Article

Inferring the Structure of Social Contacts from Demographic Data in the Analysis of Infectious Diseases Spread

  • Laura Fumanelli mail,

    lfumanelli@fbk.eu

    Affiliation: Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy

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  • Marco Ajelli,

    Affiliation: Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy

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  • Piero Manfredi,

    Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Mathematics Applied to Economics, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

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  • Alessandro Vespignani,

    Affiliations: Department of Health Sciences and College of Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Turin, Italy

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  • Stefano Merler

    Affiliation: Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy

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  • Published: September 13, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002673

About the Authors

Laura Fumanelli, Marco Ajelli, Stefano Merler
Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy
Piero Manfredi
Department of Statistics and Mathematics Applied to Economics, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Alessandro Vespignani
Department of Health Sciences and College of Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Alessandro Vespignani
Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Alessandro Vespignani
Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Turin, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: lfumanelli@fbk.eu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MA PM AV SM. Performed the experiments: LF MA. Analyzed the data: LF MA PM AV SM. Wrote the paper: LF MA PM AV SM. Developed the model: LF MA SM.