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Detecting Contagious Outbreaks Through Social Networking
Date: April 13, 2011
Location:San Diego
Detecting Contagious Outbreaks Through Social Networking. CONNECT. Current methods for the detection of contagious outbreaks give contemporaneous information about the course of an epidemic at best. It is known that individuals near the center of a social network are likely to be infected sooner during the course of an outbreak than those at the periphery. In this lecture, renowned professor and best-selling author, Dr. James Fowler, will describe an alternative strategy to better detect an epidemic. His research is based on a simple idea: people who have more friends will tend to become infected by contagions sooner than others with fewer friends. Thus, monitoring friends is a good way to detect outbreaks at an earlier stage. See
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