Thursday, April 30, 2009

Facebook releases swine flu maps

Yesterday evening Facebook released a set of swine flu charts and maps that tracks the conversations surrounding swine flu. While it's an interesting map it doesn't really explain much. While there were some initial correlations between the level of conversation and the location of swine flu occurrences, comparing the lexicon maps to Google’s H1N1 Swine Flu map illustrates very little correlation between the two.

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1 comment:

  1. This map would probably correlate better with a map of people's tendency to be prone to hysterics, or media hype, or perhaps even with a map that shows the amount of hours people spend watching the news on television, or reading newspapers.

    I can't wait to finish my GIS degree so I can start producing maps of my own for interesting studies like this. I continue to be shocked at the number of possible applications for GIS technology!