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How Google Flu Trends Blew It
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MedicalQuack
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10/30/2013 | 5:16:32 PM
re: How Google Flu Trends Blew It
Google doesn't always get it right, they suspended my account earlier this year as they said not name compliant...machine had not learned enough yet and took my real surname of Duck and read me as a real duck...funny story and then I had to submit a website to where they could verify me..and I did. right on Google Blogger for six years:) duh? I often wondered if the Crows and the Beavers folks got the same treatment:)

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com...
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:44:20 AM
re: How Google Flu Trends Blew It
On a related note, I wonder how much Google Flu Trends drove down flu incidences by making people more aware of the spread of flu and their help, encouraging flu-stopping habits (vaccinations, hand-washing, etc.).
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:43:09 AM
re: How Google Flu Trends Blew It
Still, it's a PR success for Google, even if they never do get the algorithm right. The tech community doesn't tend to remember when Google has failed (you rarely see discussions about Google Wave and Google Buzz anymore) -- only that Google is "innovative."
David F. Carr
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10/29/2013 | 1:46:17 AM
re: How Google Flu Trends Blew It
I also wonder about the incidence of people who think they have the flu, when they actually have some other sort of bug. Maybe it should be called the "people feeling crummy" algorithm
majenkins
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10/28/2013 | 5:13:22 PM
re: How Google Flu Trends Blew It
. . . might need to start treating what they gather not as low-hanging fruit but as something already poisoned.
I like that and agree it much of that fruit is already poisoned.


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