Were you able to look at all at differences in networks over the year or were the networks static?
Thanks Rebecca - unfortunately, the paper records we had were too sparse to do a proper dynamic network, on the scale at which transmission occurs (days and weeks). There was seasonality evident in some of the data for some markets but not in all (suggesting differences between them of course). We tried to incorporate this but that there wasn't enough data to get patterns we could embed in the model. We do know such things are important of course (both the seasonal and the 'tempo' of movements over weeks and it is an aim to look at this deeper, but one important point is that there wasn't (if I remember correctly and I'll have to ask Paul or Gemma to be sure) a meaningful different in the market/ward movements patterns - just the volumes. I'll in any case check more deeply and get back to you on this if there is more info.
@rkao Thanks for the reply. We collected similar (written records of taxes) data on transboundary trade posts in Cameroon (graph here). We also found variability but no clear seasonal pattern, more anecdotal evidence of a relationship with changes in regulations. Local movements from herder surveys were a bit more consistent in their seasonality, but we didn't look at markets. Would love to compare notes/ methods on data sets.