Journal article

Model selection for seasonal influenza forecasting.

Alexander E Zarebski, Peter Dawson, James M McCaw, Robert Moss

Infect Dis Model | Published : 2017

Abstract

Epidemics of seasonal influenza inflict a huge burden in temperate climes such as Melbourne (Australia) where there is also significant variability in their timing and magnitude. Particle filters combined with mechanistic transmission models for the spread of influenza have emerged as a popular method for forecasting the progression of these epidemics. Despite extensive research it is still unclear what the optimal models are for forecasting influenza, and how one even measures forecast performance. In this paper, we present a likelihood-based method, akin to Bayes factors, for model selection when the aim is to select for predictive skill. Here, "predictive skill" is measured by the probabi..

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