Researchers Predict Future Epidemics Using Old Newspapers
Scientists have created software that analyzes past events in order to predict future health threats and events.
There’s an old axiom asserting that history repeats itself, and those who fail to learn from it are bound to make the same mistakes. With computers and data processing programs, it’s becoming easier to see the patterns in the cycles of history – now it’s time to learn from them.
Which is exactly what Eric Horvitz and Kira Radinsky are attempting to do.
Horvitz, a researcher from Microsoft, and Radinsky, a researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, have developed software that helps analyze past events and health related headlines so as to forecast future real-world events. The systems works by: