Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Informatics applied

One of the newest trends in medicine is data mining -- taking vast reams of data drilling down into it to find answers to unexpected questions.

Here's a great example of that -- using the locations of Google searches for the symptoms of diseases to track outbreaks. This sort of thing is the future of science, where getting the data won't be hard, but finding what you want in it will be.

D, M.D.

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