Supervised Learning for Automated Infectious-Disease-Outbreak Detection


Within the traditional surveillance of notifiable infectious diseases in Germany, not only are individual cases reported to the Robert Koch Institute, but also outbreaks themselves are recorded: A label is assigned by epidemiologists to each case, indicating whether it is part of an outbreak and of which. This expert knowledge represents, in the language of machine leaning, a "ground truth" for the algorithmic task of detecting outbreaks from a stream of surveillance data. The integration of this kind of information in the design and evaluation of algorithms is called supervised learning.

Objective: By systematically scoring algorithms and integrating outbreak data through statistical learning, evaluate and improve the performance of automated infectious-disease-outbreak detection. The improvements should be directly relevant to the epidemiological practice. A broader objective is to explore the usefulness of machine-learning approaches in epidemiology.

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January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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