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Type: Thesis
Title: The behaviour of stochastic rumours.
Author: Belen, Selma
Issue Date: 2008
School/Discipline: School of Mathematical Sciences : Applied Mathematics
Abstract: This thesis presents results concerning the limiting behaviour of stochastic rumour processes. The first result involves our published analysis of the evolution for the general initial conditions of the (common) deterministic limiting version of the classical Daley-Kendall and Maki-Thompson stochastic rumour models, [14]. The second result being also part of the general analysis in [14] involves a new approach to stiflers in the rumour process. This approach aims at distinguishing two main types of stiflers. The analytical and stochastic numerical results of two types of stiflers in [14] are presented in this thesis. The third result is that the formulae to find the total number of transitions of a stochastic rumour process with a general case of the Daley-Kendall and Maki-Thompson classical models are developed and presented here, as already presented in [16]. The fourth result is that the problem is taken into account as an optimal control problem and an impulsive control element is introduced to minimize the number of final ignorants in the stochastic rumour process by repeating the process. Our published results are presented in this thesis as appeared in [15] and [86]. Numerical results produced by our algorithm developed for the extended [MT] model and [DK] model are demonstrated by tables in all details of numerical values in the appendices.
Advisor: Pearce, Charles Edward Miller
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Adelaide, School of Mathematical Sciences, 2008
Subject: Stochastic processes
Keywords: stochastic; rumour; stochastic rumour process
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