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    Unless I'm misunderstanding it, the model says defeated zombies cannot become zombies again. Since I must have missed the day that topic was covered in biology, I don't know if it's a valid assumption.
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    Zombies can only be defeated by destroying the brain, according to popular myth.

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    Susceptibles can become deceased through ‘natural’ causes, i.e., non-zombie-related
    death (parameter ). The removed class consists of individuals who have died, either
    through attack or natural causes.
    Humans in the removed class can resurrect and become
    a zombie (parameter ). Susceptibles can become zombies through transmission via an
    encounter with a zombie (transmission parameter ). Only humans can become infected
    through contact with zombies, and zombies only have a craving for human flesh so we do
    not consider any other life forms in the model. New zombies can only come from two
    sources:

    The resurrected from the newly deceased (removed group).
    Susceptibles who have ‘lost’ an encounter with a zombie.


    In addition, we assume the birth rate is a constant, . Zombies move to the removed class
    upon being ‘defeated’.
    This can be done by removing the head or destroying the brain of
    the zombie (parameter ). We also assume that zombies do not attack/defeat other zombies.
    What this means to me is that once zombies die they go into the "removed group" which also treats them like a freshly dead human effectively making the zombie resurrect.
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    Very interesting find!

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    Did someone turn that in as a college paper?

    I "just" finished (a month ago) reading bibliography entry #14: World War Z, An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. Pretty good since it's written up as first person interviews and not a generic linear story.
    ^His Zombie Survival Guide is just as good too! Check it out...
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Holy crap! An 18 page mathematical paper all about zombies. I honestly didn't read the whole paper, but I think I've seen enough zombie movies and played enough zombie video games and listened to enough zombie comedy skits to know what really matters, mathematically speaking:

    Rule Number 1: Do not get bit by any zombies. I cannot stress this enough.
    Rule Number 2: If you do get bit, do not misplace any T-virus (or G-virus) vaccine.
    Rule Number 3: Do not run out of ammo, unless you're really handy with your combat knife.
    Final Rule: ...and for God's sake, aim for the zombies' heads.

    I hope these tips with help you all live just a little bit longer in this brand new zombie apocalypse.
    Happy belated Halloween.

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    Hey Joossa, I had the Zombie Survival Guide before WWZ. I forgot it at the hospital when I was visiting my dad a couple years ago so someone else got to finish it for me. I wonder what they thought when they found it? Maybe the hospital implemented a strategy based on the book... lol

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    How about a zombie-sized microwaver oven? It works on gremlins!

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    A microwave oven also worked splendidly well in 2009's remake of 1972's The Last House on the Left. Warning: do not watch The Last House on the Left if anything makes you squeamish.

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