Thursday, August 20, 2009

Would you survive a zombie attack?

I don't want to speak for all men out there, but generally speaking I think it is safe to assume that if you are a male between the age of 15 and 35, not only have you pondered if you would survive a zombie attack but thought out detailed plans of how you would go about surviving said attack.

Well for those out there that have always guessed as to whether or not you would survive a zombie attack, Philip Munz, Ioan Hudea, Jow Imad, and Robert J. Smith, mathematicians at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have taken the guesswork out of this question and spent the time determining the statistical probability you or I would survive such an attack. 

In this scientific article published in the book Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress these mathematicians, with a keen zombie survival instinct, pose this abstract and conclusion:

"Zombies are a popular figure in pop culture/entertainment and they are usually portrayed as being brought about through an outbreak or epidemic. Consequently, we model a zombie attack, using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies. We introduce a basic model for zombie infection, determine equilibria and their stability, and illustrate the outcome with numerical solutions. We then refine the model to introduce a latent period of zombification, whereby humans are infected, but not infectious, before becoming undead. We then modify the model to include the effects of possible quarantine or a cure. Finally, we examine the impact of regular, impulsive reductions in the number of zombies and derive conditions under which eradication can occur. We show that only quick, aggressive attacks can stave off the doomsday scenario: the collapse of society as zombies overtake us all."


Now before you start wondering why a seemingly top rate Canadian University is spending student and taxpayer dollars to study the outbreak probabilities of a Zombie invasion, I just want to clarify that I think these fine gentlemen have done the heavy lifting and forward thinking that we will all need someday to survive an inevitable zombie attack. We have the mathematical proof that complete eradication is the only option.  So grab your baseball bats and lets go zombie hunting. 

I rate this post SPF 75 because we must have all the facts to be prepared

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