Non-Parametric Scan Statistics for Disease Outbreak Detection on Twitter

Feng Chen, Daniel B. Neill


We present a new method for disease outbreak detection, the "Non-Parametric Heterogeneous Graph Scan (NPHGS)". NPHGS enables fast and accurate detection of emerging space-time clusters using Twitter and other social media streams where standard parametric model assumptions are incorrect.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *