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  • Flu season 2015: New model tracks virus more accurately than Google Flu Trends

    International Business Times - 11/09/2015

    ARGO, however, reportedly accounts for changes in Google’s search engine and shifts in search behavior. The new model also combines Google data with historical records from the CDC and information on seasonality of the flu. The team of researchers is reportedly working to make ARGO widely available. David Lazer, an expert in computational social science at Northeastern University, told Ars Technica that he sees such models, in the future, being improved by adding more sources of data from Twitter, Facebook and other sites.

    “There’s tremendous value in big data,” said Lazer, Ars Technica reported. “But we have to think carefully about the distinctive types of noise that comes in.”

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