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Subject "Google Flu Trends" ...gathering information on the number of times particular Wikipedia articles have been viewed. ??
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"Google's Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data"

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"There have been several attempts at gathering non-traditional, digital information to be used to predict the current or future levels of ILI, and other diseases, in a population [3]–[11]. The most notable of these attempts to date has been Google Flu Trends (GFT), a proprietary system designed by Google, which uses Google search terms that are correlated with ILI activity in the US to make a estimation of the current level of ILI [12]. Google Flu Trends was initially quite successful in its estimation of ILI activity, but was shown to falter in the face of the 2009 H1N1 swine influenza pandemic (pH1N1) due to much-increased levels of media attention surrounding the pandemic [13]. Similarly, GFT greatly over-estimated ILI activity in the 2012–2013 influenza season, again likely due to that fact that it was a more severe influenza season than normally observed and therefore garnered much media attention [14]. In the face of these obstacles, Google has continued to update and re-evaluate its models [15]–[17]."




I found this by following rabbit hole starting with an innocent click of a Facebook privacy policy link, ,regarding tracking and estimating "syndromic Covid-19 indicators"

....just looks interesting..
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