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    mathematical modelling of zombie infection

    I got sidetracked while reading for a public health class and came across this:

    http://www.mathstat.uottawa.ca/~rsmith/Zombies.pdf

    That would have to be the highlight of a statistician's career, because how often do they get to conclude a publication like this:

    In summary, a zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it
    is dealt with quickly. While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may
    lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of
    the undead is to hit hard and hit often. As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies
    are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.
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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.

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    This is a new one. I saw something a lot like this a few years back, but I think it was only one or two pages and definitely didn't go as far as to do differential equations. Nice find.
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    Doesn't neem oil kill zombies?

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    Maybe if you fired mealies at the undead. Nothing seems to kill mealies permanently.

    I suppose then we'd just have mealy covered zombies infecting people and plants, that probably wouldn't help at all...

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    Looks like they finally ran out of useful ideas to use math for. Never thought I'd see that coming for a while!
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    It's only "useless" until the dead begin to rise...




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    The thing that bothers me is that the "dead" zombies go into the same group and dead humans. This means that the zombie can never effectively be killed off and assumes that it can come back to life. Although I agree the infected corpse could potentially transmit the infection I can't see it being as aggressive as a mobile/actively moving zombie.

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