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Using Wikipedia to forecast the flu

Lab researchers use mathematics, computer science, statistics and other information to determine how disease develops and spreads.
November 15, 2016
Man sneezing

With the help of Wikipedia, researchers are predicting disease outbreaks—and hitting the mark.CREDIT: CDC

Using Wikipedia to forecast the flu

by Sara Del Valle and Dave Osthus

Forecasting the impact of not just the flu, but other infectious—and preventable—diseases such as HIV and measles could allow public health workers to focus on mitigation strategies and potentially save millions of lives around the world.

That’s why, at Los Alamos National Laboratory, we use mathematics, computer science, statistics and information about how disease develops and spreads to forecast the flu season and even next week’s sickness trends.

This story first appeared in HuffPost Science.


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