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Sickness Forecast With 90% Accuracy by Twitter

by Savitha C Muppala on August 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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 Sickness Forecast With 90% Accuracy by Twitter

Twitter can predict with almost 90% accuracy about the likelihood of you falling ill, say researchers from the University Of Rochester in New York.

Twitter was able to track the outbreak of flu around a certain area by studying 4.4 million tweets from 630,000 users that had the GPS location data.

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Using an algorithm which could perceive the difference between actual sickness and usage of the common word 'sick', researchers were able to plot and predict when people from a certain area were at risk of picking up a flu bug and the good thing is that twitter can inform you about the risk a week in advance.

The algorithm is based on a model that analyses the spread of infectious diseases among a population, based on twitter messages received and concentration of so-called 'unwell' messages in a certain area.



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