WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Iinfection
Philip Munz, Ioan Hudea, Joe Imad, Robert J. Smith
Chapter 4 (pp. 133-150) in
Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress (ISBN 978-1-60741-347-9)
Editors: J.M. Tchuenche and C. Chiyaka
c 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
From the paper:
This is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the first mathematical analysis of an outbreak of zombie infection. While the scenarios considered are obviously not realistic, it is nevertheless instructive to develop mathematical models for an unusual outbreak. This demonstrates the flexibility of mathematical modelling and shows how modelling can respond to a wide variety of challenges in ‘biology’. The key difference between the models presented here and other models of infectious disease is that the dead can come back to life. Clearly, this is an unlikely scenario if taken literally, but possible real-life applications may include allegiance to political parties, or diseases with a dormant infection.