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New Model Uses Internet Search Data to Forecast Flu Outbreaks

Researchers have developed a new statistical model that uses Google search data and weather forecasting techniques to predict influenza outbreaks, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Los Angeles Times‘ “Science Now”.

Like meteorological models, the researchers’ flu model continuously updated itself with the latest information from Google Flu trends. Using the model, the researchers found that they could forecast the height of flu season using data from seven weeks before the peak occurred.

Read more: [iHealthBeat, Nov. 27, 2012]

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