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"From the Ted Talk by Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics"

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So, for example, we could use truckers' purchases of fuel. So the truckers are just going about their business, and they're buying fuel. And we see a blip up in the truckers' peaushcrs of fuel, and we know that a recession is about to end. Or we can monitor the velocity with which people are moving with their phones on a hahgiwy, and the phone company can see, as the velocity is slowing down, that there's a tffriac jam. And they can feed that ioritmnaofn back to their subscribers, but only to their subscribers on the same highway located behind the traffic jam! Or we can monitor doctors prescribing behaviors, pvileassy, and see how the diffusion of innovation with pharmaceuticals occurs within [ntkorews of] doctors. Or again, we can monitor purchasing bhvoiaer in people and wacth how these types of phenomena can diffuse within human populations.

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So, for example, we could use truckers' purchases of fuel. So the truckers are just going about their business, and they're buying fuel. And we see a blip up in the truckers' _________ of fuel, and we know that a recession is about to end. Or we can monitor the velocity with which people are moving with their phones on a _______, and the phone company can see, as the velocity is slowing down, that there's a _______ jam. And they can feed that ___________ back to their subscribers, but only to their subscribers on the same highway located behind the traffic jam! Or we can monitor doctors prescribing behaviors, _________, and see how the diffusion of innovation with pharmaceuticals occurs within [________ of] doctors. Or again, we can monitor purchasing ________ in people and _____ how these types of phenomena can diffuse within human populations.

Solution

  1. purchases
  2. traffic
  3. behavior
  4. information
  5. networks
  6. highway
  7. passively
  8. watch

Original Text

So, for example, we could use truckers' purchases of fuel. So the truckers are just going about their business, and they're buying fuel. And we see a blip up in the truckers' purchases of fuel, and we know that a recession is about to end. Or we can monitor the velocity with which people are moving with their phones on a highway, and the phone company can see, as the velocity is slowing down, that there's a traffic jam. And they can feed that information back to their subscribers, but only to their subscribers on the same highway located behind the traffic jam! Or we can monitor doctors prescribing behaviors, passively, and see how the diffusion of innovation with pharmaceuticals occurs within [networks of] doctors. Or again, we can monitor purchasing behavior in people and watch how these types of phenomena can diffuse within human populations.

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collocation frequency
social networks 5
early detection 4
central individuals 4
impending epidemic 4
party host 4
random sample 3

Important Words

  1. behavior
  2. behaviors
  3. blip
  4. business
  5. buying
  6. company
  7. diffuse
  8. diffusion
  9. doctors
  10. feed
  11. fuel
  12. highway
  13. human
  14. information
  15. innovation
  16. jam
  17. located
  18. monitor
  19. moving
  20. networks
  21. occurs
  22. passively
  23. people
  24. pharmaceuticals
  25. phenomena
  26. phone
  27. phones
  28. populations
  29. prescribing
  30. purchases
  31. purchasing
  32. recession
  33. slowing
  34. subscribers
  35. traffic
  36. truckers
  37. types
  38. velocity
  39. watch