Google Flu Trends Expands Globaly

Google.orgGoogle.org has announced the expansion of Google Flu Trends to 16 additional countries, including Europe. The site now is available in 37 languages and it tracks flu-related search terms as an early predictor of flu trends.

In the U.S., Google Flu Trends had a close 0.92 correlation with official U.S. flu data. Matt Mohebbi and Dan Vanderkam, Software Engineers, mentioned: "Last November, we launched Google Flu Trends in the United States after finding a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. By tracking the popularity of certain Google search queries, we are able to estimate the level of flu, in near real-time."

How Google Flu Trends Works

For further information, please visit: http://www.google.org/flutrends/

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