NYU’s Epstein on fear and complacency in the age of Covid

Pioneer of agent-based models warns of virus resurgence akin to 1918 Spanish flu

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Joshua Epstein has spent decades creating mathematical models that make sense of human behaviour – from how juries convict, to what triggers mob violence. He does this using agent-based models: synthetic societies populated by avatars that try to replicate the conduct of everyday people.

Epstein, a professor of epidemiology at New York University, is now deploying his army of automatons in the fight against Covid-19. His models, he hopes, will help authorities make targeted interventions, such

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