Real-time flu tracking: By monitoring social media, scientists can monitor outbreaks as they happen.
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September 18, 2019

Alex Vespignani was featured in a Nature Outlook article focused on influenza. Vespignani has been forecasting flu by using agent-based approaches that he describes as “mechanistic modelling on steroids”. Agents are simply interacting entities, including people, and Vespignani has modelled 300 million individuals, representing the US population, in various settings, and simulated how the flu virus moves among them in workplaces, homes and schools. The agent-based approach allows researchers to zoom in on disease transmission patterns with high spatial resolution.

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Real-time flu tracking: By monitoring social media, scientists can monitor outbreaks as they happen.

Alex Vespignani was featured in a Nature Outlook article focused on influenza. Vespignani has been forecasting flu by using agent-based approaches that he describes as “mechanistic modelling on steroids”. Agents are simply interacting entities, including people, and Vespignani has modelled 300 million individuals, representing the US population, in various settings, and simulated how the flu virus moves among them in workplaces, homes and schools. The agent-based approach allows researchers to zoom in on disease transmission patterns with high spatial resolution.

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