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Google Flu Trends – Valuable, But Not Accurate

by pharmacy on February 15, 2011

A few years ago, Google noticed a pattern in its search patterns. Areas with high incidence of influenza had a high incidence of search for flu topics. Always on the ball for helpful and interesting tools, they aggregated this information to create animated maps and charts that showed areas where there were flu outbreaks. Since the CDC runs about two weeks behind in identifying outbreaks, this information could have proven invaluable. If it were accurate. Unfortunately, it’s not….quite. [click to continue…]


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