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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New collaboration with CMS announced at Dean's Reception

Dorette Pronk, Chair of CMS Competitions Committee and Kathryn Hare at the Dean's Reception

On December 9 at a special Dean’s reception hosted by Stephen Watt, Dorette Pronk, Chair of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Competitions Committee, announced that the 2018 Canadian Olympiad team will train at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population was getting close to a tipping point.

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