November 12, 2008

google’s sick surveillance!

Filed under: Uncategorized — blogsdon @ 9:12 am

That was the headline from the Drudge Report yesterday. It makes it sound like Google is spying on people through the windows of their house. BUT ACTUALLY Google has figured out how to track “flu activity” based on aggregating the number of searches for “flu symptoms,” “chest congestion,” etc., in a given reason. These Google search trends have been show to work over the past year, out-tracking the CDC’s own influenza surveillance methods by about a week.


1 Comment »

  1. Area Man Wants to Know if “Given Reason” means “Given Season” or “Given Region.”

    Comment by Area Man — November 12, 2008 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

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