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(Medical News Today)   New flu forecasting model uses Google search data. You feelin' lucky?   (medicalnewstoday.com) divider line 12
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1268 clicks; posted to Geek » on 27 Nov 2012 at 7:41 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-27 05:10:48 PM  
When they plugged the data into their model, and compared it to the actual patterns of the outbreaks, they found the model could predict the peaks of the outbreaks more than seven weeks ahead.

7 weeks is pretty impressive.
 
2012-11-27 07:43:33 PM  
Cloudy with a chance of BLARRRRRRRRRGGHHHHHHHH!
 
2012-11-27 08:00:26 PM  
That's fantastic, but I have to wonder how "8 tiny Reindeer 1 cup" correlates in any way to a flu outbreak.
 
2012-11-27 08:03:56 PM  
New flu forecasting model uses Google search data. You feelin' lucky?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-27 08:18:50 PM  
Too easy to troll.
 
2012-11-27 08:19:38 PM  
Not necessarily a bad idea if the CDC looks at Google search data + WebMD look ups by zip code. Even if kept totally anonymous, the data could easily track unreported cases and give a much better idea of how large a potential pandemic actually is. Then it's just a matter of figuring out how and where people move to forecast outbreaks. The only wild card would be rural and very poor neighborhoods, and even there you can check libraries and such.

Things like this make me wish I'd studied math in college and not English.
 
2012-11-27 09:48:37 PM  
 
2012-11-27 09:50:45 PM  
Damnit! Should have used the .mg country suffix
 
2012-11-27 10:18:52 PM  

SomethingToDo: Damnit! Should have used the .mg country suffix


I was just wondering what President Madagascar's reaction to this would be....
 
2012-11-27 10:28:55 PM  
I suspect Midget Donkey Sex Flu will be the next pandemic.
 
2012-11-27 11:44:42 PM  
Not really, I have it.
 
2012-11-28 09:52:40 AM  
Ummm.... Google has been predicting flu outbreaks for years based on Searches.
 
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