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Naval Postgraduate School
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Professor Ronald D. Fricker, Jr.

Methodological Issues in Biosurveillance
Short Course

12th Biennial CDC & ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods
April 6, 2009


This course discusses the strengths and limitations of statistical detection algorithms, with focus on the issues related to developing, evaluating, and implementing such algorithms in biosurveillance applications. Open challenges to be discussed include:
  • Determining the appropriate metric or metrics for assessing and comparing algorithmic performance
  • Assessing the utility of comparing algorithmic performance on real versus simulated data
  • Modifying existing methods to account for seasonal and other systematic effects in biosurveillance data
  • Maximizing algorithmic detection capabilities within tolerable false positive rates
  • Understanding when an electronic biosurveillance system “adds value” compared to other methods

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