Pool Size Calculator

Calculates the optimal sample pool size as suggested in Hanel, R. & Thurner, S. (2020). Boosting test-efficiency by pooled testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2. (1), 3–5. arXiv:2003.09944v1

Inputs: (individual) test sensitivity, (individual) test specificity, estimated fraction of positive people in the tested set (expected positive test rate).

Use arrow keys left <- and right -> on keyboard to finetune sliders.

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Found Optimum

Metric Value Unit
Optimal Pool Size 8 Count
Gain (effective no. persons/test, PPT) 4 Count
Max. number of missed infectious (FNPT) 0.005 Fraction


Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, Systems Control Group / Interventional Neuroscience Group, D. Proverbio, A. Husch, J. Goncalves, 2020. Calculator is provided for research use only and without any warranties.

External References: Vienna paper and Suggested pool sampling