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Researchers Use Twitter Posts To Track Flu Rates
2013-02-08 14:33:04

[Watch Video: Tracking The Flu With Twitter] Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If you tweet when you feel under the weather, your 140 characters may just become an indicator for a flu outbreak in your area. Researchers at the University of Rochester in upstate New York have used the GPS tags on Twitter to map out areas in cities where the flu rate is higher, or nonexistent. Over the past year researchers looked at several metropolitan areas, primarily in the...

2012-03-06 23:01:00

Social media may be giving you away A man–or person–is known by the company he keeps. That old proverb takes on new meaning in the 21st century. Computer scientists at the University of Rochester have shown that a great deal can be learned about individuals from their interactions in online social media, even when those individuals hide their Twitter messages (tweets) and other posts. The paper, "Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are," by professors Henry...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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