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How to Exploit Twitter for Public Health Monitoring

DENECKE Kerstin, KRIECK Manuela, OTRUSINA Lubomír, SMRŽ Pavel, DOLOG Peter, NEJDL Wolfgang and VELASCO Edward. How to Exploit Twitter for Public Health Monitoring. Methods of Information in Medicine, vol. 52, no. 4, 2013, pp. 326-339. ISSN 0026-1270.
Czech title
Jak využít Twitter pro sledování veřejného zdraví
journal article
Denecke Kerstin (L3S)
Krieck Manuela (NLGA)
Otrusina Lubomír, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Smrž Pavel, doc. RNDr., Ph.D. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Dolog Peter (AAU)
Nejdl Wolfgang (L3S)
Velasco Edward (RKI)

public health monitoring; social media analysis; big data for health


Detecting hints to public health
threats as early as possible is crucial to prevent
harm from the population. However,
many disease surveillance strategies rely
upon data whose collection requires explicit
reporting (data transmitted from hospitals,
laboratories or physicians). Collecting reports
takes time so that the reaction time grows.
Moreover, context information on individual
cases is often lost in the collection process.
This paper describes a system that tries to
address these limitations by processing social
media for identifying information on
public health threats. The primary objective is
to study the usefulness of the approach for
supporting the monitoring of a population's
health status.

Methods of Information in Medicine, vol. 52, no. 4, ISSN 0026-1270
Schattauer Publishers, Stuttgart
   author = "Kerstin Denecke and Manuela Krieck and Lubom\'{i}r Otrusina and Pavel Smr\v{z} and Peter Dolog and Wolfgang Nejdl and Edward Velasco",
   title = "How to Exploit Twitter for Public Health Monitoring",
   pages = "326--339",
   journal = "Methods of Information in Medicine",
   volume = 52,
   number = 4,
   year = 2013,
   ISSN = "0026-1270",
   language = "english",
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