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A Spatio-Temporal Methodology for Real-Time Biosurveillance

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] A new spatio-temporal biosurveillance methodology called the repeated two-sample rank (RTR) procedure is introduced. The procedure is designed to sequentially incorporated data from individual observations so that it can operate in real-time as the data arrives into an automated biosurveillance system. A signal of a possible outbreak prompts the procedure to graphically identify the likely outbreak location, allowing for its use in both early event detection and situational awareness in automated biosurveillance systems.

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  • Topics: Design of Experiments
  • Keywords: Biotechnology, Kernel density estimates, Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests, Health care, National security
  • Author: Fricker, Jr., Ronald D.; Joseph T. Chang
  • Journal: Quality Engineering