How Twitter can predict flu outbreaks 6 weeks in advance
CNN - 05/11/2017
A team from Northeastern University developed a new model to predict the spread of the flu in real time using Twitter. The researchers collected location data from more than 50 million tweets that contained words related to the flu, like coughing and vomiting. The data gave the researchers an idea of early flu activity around the country.
“The initial conditions of an epidemic are very important. To make an analogy, you need to know where a hurricane is to reflect its future path,” Alessandro Vespignani, a professor at Northeastern and a coauthor of the paper, told CNNTech.