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Why is pool testing cost efficient and what is the optimal pool size?

As the global population enters a new phase in the pandemic control efforts with expanding need for testing, Dr. Fauci suggested that pool testing can be used to increase efficiency. The concept may not be new to many, but mathematically speaking, what exactly are we expecting to save?

The Mathematics behind Pool Testing

Let’s take a look at the mathematical model to understand what pool testing is trying to achieve: say there are n people in total that needs a test (for instance, n ≈ 300,000,000 if almost everybody in the US…

Sabrina Liu

Statistical Learning Specialist

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