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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
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:43:09 AM
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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."
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:44:20 AM
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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.).


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