Monday April 19, 2010
System dynamics models help us model situations that would otherwise be very difficult to analyze and understand. System dynamics models are well suited to situations where the rate of change of factors are interrelated. This problem challenges you to create a system dynamics model which could be used to inform some important decisions.
TechnologySystem dynamic modeling tools such as Vensim or NetLogo
This model (written in NetLogo) provides an accurate and open-ended manner of exploring the problem. Although many of the variables were left out of the final product (but could be easily added in), a fairly good approximation of immunization, death, and general propagation can be seen. See specific comments in the source code for exact details.