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Introduction to Statistical Methods for Biosurveillance by Ronald D. Fricker

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Early Event Detection Design and Performance Evaluation

 . . . a general challenge for all biosurveillance research is to develop improved methods for evaluating detection algorithms in light of the fact that we have little data about outbreaks of many potential diseases that are of concern.

Henry Rolka et al. (2007)

Early event detection (EED) is one of the two main functions of a biosurveillance system. Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), biosurveillance is “the process of active data-gathering with appropriate analysis and interpretation of biosphere data that might relate to disease activity and threats to human or animal health  . . . in order to achieve early warning of health threats, early detection of health ...

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