Some time ago we heard about tracking flu with the help of Google’s search engine. Now the same – and more accurate, as some pretend – is done by analysing tweets from Twitter.
‘We analyze over 500 million Twitter messages from an eight month period and find that tracking a small number of flu-related keywords allows us to forecast future influenza rates with high accuracy, obtaining a 95% correlation with national health statistics.’
“This approach is much cheaper and faster than having thousands of hospitals and health care providers fill out forms each week,” Aron Culotta says in his paper: ‘Detecting influenza outbreaks by analyzing Twitter messages’.
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