SIR model

Author: Simon Frost

Date: 2018-07-12


The susceptible-infected-recovered (SIR) model in a closed population was proposed by Kermack and McKendrick as a special case of a more general model, and forms the framework of many compartmental models. Susceptible individuals, $S$, are infected by infected individuals, $I$, at a per-capita rate $\beta I$, and infected individuals recover at a per-capita rate $\gamma$ to become recovered individuals, $R$.



  1. Kermack WO, McKendrick AG (August 1, 1927). “A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Epidemics”. Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 115 (772): 700–721