Google Flu

MaxPower November 12th, 2008

New Goog app out today is Google Flu Trends:

Google Flu Trends, tallies daily flu-related search queries from to estimate how many people in a given region in the United States have an influenza-related illness. The tool will provide users with “up-to-date influenza related activity estimates for each of the 50 states in the U.S.

The concept being that the more flu related searches which comes in from a certain area, the more likely the flu is present in the area, given that people in different areas should go to Google to search for flu related keywords at about the same rate. Interesting concept that is likely true given the large number of searches they can comb through. No data for Canada, or any other country yet, but I imagine if this works, that would be pretty easy to add.

Takeaways? 1) As you can see from the picture, we’re on the cusp of the flu season, which means now is the time to get the flu shot if you are so inclined. And if you’re not, no bitching to anyone about how sick you are. 2) Google grabs an awful lot of data. Creepy.

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