Wikipedia May Predict The Next Global Health Crisis

November 17, 2014 11:19 PM

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Scientists may one day be able to predict epidemics simply by analyzing what people are searching on the Internet.

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico found that a surge in Wikipedia traffic for certain disease-related articles predicted the large-scale spread of illnesses in several world locations, sometimes as long as 28 days before official spikes were recorded. The findings were ...

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