Comments
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Location Analysis and Public Health
Ariella   11/26/2012 8:41:56 AM
NO RATINGS
@Louis Indeed. You know, it's interesting how people have different takes on this. My main reaction was: "Isn't it great that they can use this kind of data to improve the odds of people at risk for Malaria?"  But someone who tweeted the link had this reaction: "there should be more coverage on this subject, it is where the true value of #BigData lies. Mobile data should be #OpenData:

Louis Watson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Location Analysis and Public Health
Louis Watson   11/25/2012 10:32:08 PM
NO RATINGS
@Arielle  Thank you for the link and information.  As you can see I was not aware of this issue in such detail, it is heart warming to see significant progress has in fact been made. 

Since this disease has no cure, I think the answer is upgrading infrastructures and of course education, and the former seems to be a difficult task in some parts of Africa.  Nevertheless, there are many good people working on this issue ( and others ) who I am confident will keep fighting the good fight.

Case in point, this latest effort to corral locational data from cell phones, now that is thinking outside the box !

Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Location Analysis and Public Health
Ariella   11/25/2012 8:21:34 PM
NO RATINGS
@Louis, but they are making progress. "Malaria mortality rates have fallen by a remarkable 26% globally and 33% in Africa since 2000, and there has been a 5.3% drop in global malaria deaths in the past year." You can read the full report at http://www.who.int/malaria/world_malaria_report_2011/9789241564403_eng.pdf

The hope is that the new mapping from the cellphone data with the identifications of hubs will have even greater effect in curbing the spread of the disease. Unfortuantely, there is still no real cure, so prevention is what people have to focus us to keep the mortality numbers down.

Louis Watson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Location Analysis and Public Health
Louis Watson   11/25/2012 7:53:18 PM
NO RATINGS
@Ariella  It seems to be almost an impossible task to determine more than even a rough estimate based on cell phone users but even then how does one determine that a cell owner is possibily affected ?

While I appreciate the World organization trying to put numbers on these issues, it is clear that whatever the number - it is unacceptable in this day and age. I have heard of Malaria in Africa my entire life time, while it might have been reduced or contained I don't see much progress as reflected in the numbers.

Granted this may have nothing to do with what we are discussing !  : )

Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Location Analysis and Public Health
Ariella   11/25/2012 4:28:40 PM
NO RATINGS
@Louise yes, there always is some margin of error. Even the stats we have on the number of cases and deaths resulting from Malaria are estimates with margins of error. That's why the World Health Organization presents its figures as: 

"About 3.3 billion people – half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria. In 2010, there were about 216 million malaria cases (with an uncertainty range of 149 million to 274 million) and an estimated 655 000 malaria deaths (with an uncertainty range of 537 000 to 907 000)."

Louis Watson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Texting while driving
Louis Watson   11/25/2012 3:40:35 PM
NO RATINGS
@Jeff    It is interesting this rail against texting while driving, while I am all for it personally, I just find it very ironic when I recently saw something about how police offers where getting into accidents doing the very same thing that they are supposed to be looking out for in many states - I wish I could recall where I saw this !

Louis Watson
User Rank
Blogger
Location Analysis and Public Health
Louis Watson   11/25/2012 3:35:44 PM
NO RATINGS
Thank you Ariella for exposing an excellent use of the byproduct of technology.  Using cell phones to "track movement" of public diseases it a great way to think outside the box.   

 

The analytical challenge is considerable  and the margin of error might be higher than most are comfortable with but at least a general picture can be concocted.  I am sure over time this type of analysis will improve in accuracy.

Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Texting while driving
Ariella   11/24/2012 7:41:43 PM
NO RATINGS
@callmebob You're right, a mishap that leads to distraction can lead to disaster. Driving alone requires multi-tasking, as one has to keep track of what's in front, behind, on the side, on top of watching the traffic lights, signs, and bicycles that may be coming up the side. 

Callmebob
User Rank
Master Analyst
Re: Texting while driving
Callmebob   11/24/2012 1:17:44 PM
NO RATINGS
@Ariella - I'm on the side of people who believe eating, drinking, and driving don't mix. I stopped doing that when the lid on my coffee popped off when I was drinking and spilled hot coffee all over my lap, car seat, and carpet. Ouch. I was lucky, it was easy to imagine the dominio effect with my coffee spill accident leading to another bigger mishap.

Combine the drinking with changing your playlist, talking to your friends in the backseat, and changing lanes on the 101 in traffic at 70 mph and your multitasking talents are overmatched.

Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Texting while driving
Ariella   11/20/2012 10:16:07 AM
NO RATINGS
@Beth that's true. It's not just a matter or texting or pressing buttons.  Anything can be a diversion. Some people even argue that people should not eat or drink while driving. 

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Latest Blogs
A brief and fun history of computer dating and analytics and whether it can be used to find true love.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's offhand remark relating to players' risk for brain injury exhibited how use of data can be accurate without being right.
SAS tools add readability and depth to a map highlighting how natural gas is wasted in oil drilling.
While there is merit in the president's cybersecurity initiative it may be too little too late, considering the upcoming change in administrations and the White House relationship with Congress.
Perhaps a precurser to automated vehicles on the highway, massive driverless trucks are already at work in the mining sector.
Radio Show
A2 Conversations
UPCOMING
James M. Connolly
See How Data is Revolutionizing Healthcare


2/25/2016   REGISTER   0
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
The Analytics Job and Salary Outlook for 2016


1/28/2016  LISTEN   16
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
See How Analytics Drive Change in the Retail World


1/7/2016  LISTEN   103
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
All Analytics Conversations: Forecasts for Analytics in 2016


12/18/2015  LISTEN   3
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Don't Make This Mistake With Big Data


12/11/2015  LISTEN   4
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Understand the Difference Between Data Science and Analytics


11/23/2015  LISTEN   30
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Shape the Next Generation of Data Scientists


10/20/2015  LISTEN   69
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Analytics Best Practices: Plan for the Human Factor


10/14/2015  LISTEN   117
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
See How Your Analytics Initiative Measures Up


9/24/2015  LISTEN   50
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Use Mobile Analytics to See the Big Picture


9/1/2015  LISTEN   83
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Hire and Manage a Great Analytics Team


9/1/2015  LISTEN   152
Information Resources
Cartoon
CARTERTOONS
Quick Poll
Quick Poll
About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Help  |  Register  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  RSS