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Got flu? Using small and big data to understand influenza transmission, surveillance and control

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Friday, February 08, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Shweta Bansal (Georgetown University, Department of Biology)
Mathematical Biology Seminar

Traditional infectious disease epidemiology is built on the foundation of high quality and high accuracy data on disease and behavior. While these data are usually characterized by smallsize, they benefit from designed sampling schemes that make it possible to make population-level inferences. On the other hand, digital infectious disease epidemiology uses existing digital traces, re-purposing them to identify patterns in health-related processes. In this talk, I will discuss our work using data from small epidemiological studies as well as administrative "big data" to understand influenza transmission dynamics and inform disease surveillance and control.