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Computational model to track flu using Twitter data

An international team led by Alessandro Vespignani from Northeastern University has developed a computational model to predict the spread of the flu in real time. This unique model uses posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season’s epidemic, including the incubation period of the disease, the immunization rate, how many people an …

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Mining Twitter database for cardiovascular disease research

(PHILADELPHIA) For years, marketers and other commercial data-miners have been using Twitter’s vast database of “tweets” to gauge consumer attitudes and track events. Now medical researchers are getting in on the trend. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania completed a pilot analysis of archived tweets on cardiovascular disease. In …

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