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Introduction to Statistical Methods for Biosurveillance by Ronald D. Fricker

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Multivariate Temporal and Spatio-temporal Methods

The real purpose of scientific method is to make sure Nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you don’t actually know. There’s not a mechanic or scientist or technician alive who hasn’t suffered from that one so much that he’s not instinctively on guard. That’s the main reason why so much scientific and mechanical information sounds so dull and cautious. If you get careless or go romanticizing scientific information, giving it a flourish here and there, Nature will soon make a complete fool out of you.

Robert M. Pirsig (1999, pp. 108–109)

Current biosurveillance systems run multiple simultaneous univariate early event detection (EED) methods, each focused on detecting an ...

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