Background: Models for malaria transmission are usually compared based on the quantities tracked, the form taken by each term in the equations, and the qualitative properties of the systems at equilibrium. Here five models are compared in detail in order to develop a set of performance measures that further illuminate the differences among models.
Methods: Five models of malaria transmission are compared. Parameters are adjusted to correspond to similar biological quantities across models. Nine choices of parameter sets/initial conditions are tested for all five models. The relationship between malaria incidence in humans and (1) malaria incidence in vectors, (2) man-biting rate, and (3) entomological inoculation rate (EIR) at equilibrium is tested for all models. A sensitivity analysis for all models is conducted at all parameter sets. Overall sensitivities are ranked for each of the five models. A set of simple control interventions is tested on two of the models.
Wallace, Dorothy I.; Southworth, Ben S.; Shi, Xun; Chipman, Jonathan W.; and Githeko, Andrew K., "A Comparison of Five Malaria Transmission Models: Benchmark Tests and Implications for Disease Control" (2014). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 1621.