Parameter Estimation and Nonlinear Least-Squares Methods

  • Michael Y. LiEmail author
Part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth book series (MPE, volume 2)


In this chapter, we deal with the problem of parameter estimation. We have seen from Chapter  2 that the outcomes of an epidemic model critically depend on the values of the model parameters. While mathematical analysis of models we have discussed in Chapter  2 is very useful for understanding asymptotic behaviors and longtime qualitative outcomes, when models are confronted with disease data the problem is often for finite time, and an accurate estimation of parameter values is essential for reliable quantitative predictions within a finite time interval.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematical and Statistical SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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