• Combining machine learning with smartphone tracking data to forecast the spread of the flu

    Snapshot of AMM. Credit: Nature Communications (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21018-5 A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. including Google Inc. and the CDC has found that it is possible to combine machine learning technology with smartphone tracking data to create an application that accurately estimates the spread of the flu. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes how they created their app and how well it tested against conventional viral spread estimation systems. The ongoing pandemic has reawakened fears of a much worse scenario involving the spread of a much deadlier virus than SARS-CoV-2. So scientists have been looking at ways to…