About Me

My photo
This site is the inspiration of a former reporter/photographer for one of New England's largest daily newspapers and for various magazines. The intent is to direct readers to interesting political articles, and we urge you to visit the source sites. Any comments may be noted on site or directed to KarisChaf at gmail.

Friday, January 24, 2014

EPA to mine Twitter for tweets on diarrhea, vomiting, flu -- By Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner

Showing that there is no end to what the Obama administration will spy on, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a plan to chart the flu by mining the social website Twitter for tweets on diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and the bug.

The agency is shopping for a company that can search for those terms and several others to determine how many people in the country are suffering from “acute gastroenteritis infections,” or AGI, and where the hot spots are. The agency wants to compare the tweet results with figures from the Centers for Disease Control.

“The following example search terms are considered evidence of AGI: Stomach flu, stomach bug, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea,” said the EPA’s notice to contractors just posted.

 Explaining the plan, EPA said: “The vendor will use these terms and attributes to obtain Twitter messages that will be evaluated by U.S. EPA human health specialists to determine if they are indicative of AGI. The number of tweets from each search will be verified by the vendor and in-house U.S. EPA human health specialists. In-house statistical analysis will be performed to determine if the tweets correlate with epidemiological data from the CDC.”

 (Click link below to read more)
READ MORE Sphere: Related Content

No comments:

Post a Comment