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Google Search Data vs Real CDC Data: Guess who wins?

Google has been using search data to model flu outbreaks for a number of years. Generally, they look at the number of searches for words related to “flu” (graphs) and look for sharp increases in the number of searches (slopes, derivatives). You can watch a short and elegant video showing the results here. They’ve been tracking this data against the CDC data (graph comparison) and although the CDC data lags behind one to two weeks, it looks like the Google data can accurately predict when a flu outbreak starts (only, in real time). The data follows a nice periodic graph which you should be able to model with a Fourier Series. Want the data? Google will give you the data (go here). Perhaps, intrigued by this, you’d like to see if search trends make any other predictions – perhaps you could’ve predicted the recession in January 2008 (instead of 12 months later) by looking at searches for bankruptcy, unemployment, jobs, etc. You could assign a project to your students and have them use Google Trends. Unfortunately, I’m about to take a sabbatical, so I can’t do this with a class next semester, but I’m thinking that it would be a good project for Honors Calculus in the fall! I think I will have each student come up with a set of terms to track that are related to a...

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When Google takes over the world…

Today we’re watching Karl Fisch’s presentation called 2020 Vision. It is kind of a fluff piece in that it is a completely fabricated “graduation speech” for the class of 2020. However, he does a really good job of integrating ideas for where technology and education are headed. I should note that Karl produced this video long BEFORE Google announced it was getting into the energy business. I’ve noticed a LOT of articles lately about the possibility that Google has world-domination on their mind. If you want to read more about the video, see his blog post about it. So, when Google takes over the world, this is what it might look like… anyone else thinking about buying some Google stock today? Possibly Related Posts: Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for Learning Why high contextual interference? Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and...

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Proselytizing for Google

Proselytize: to try to convert somebody to a religious faith or political doctrine Imagine this delivered “preacher-style” in a white tent on a hot day… (the Unity festival is in town and I feel compelled to preach a different kind of religion) You have all used Google… you have all liked using Google. Maybe you have even liked using Google a little too much. But you probably haven’t delved deep into your computer skills and really learned how to use Google. Once you spend some time truly learning the “gospel of google” you will be able to find the truth you so humbly seek and your spirit will be set free. With Gmail you can eliminate evil soul-destroying spam from your life, browse your emails “conversation-style”, and get everlasting email storage space (okay, roughly 3GB, but it’s constantly growing and even I haven’t filled my mailbox up yet). You can leave behind the mindless folder searching… where did I put that email… having to periodically delete all your “sent” messages and thus losing half of every conversation. You…yes you… you know who you are… I’ve told you how necessary Gmail is to the quality of your Internet life. Why don’t you repent and leave your current email partner? I know your life can be filled with chaos and an overwhelming avalanche of information, but together, we can control the...

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