The 1918 influenza pandemic: new analyses from old data
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Contact DetailsDr Rosalind Eggo
This work forms part of an ongoing collaborative project to analyze outbreak data to derive key epidemiological parameters. The student's contribution will be to collate the data needed for this study. Where data are collected that are not used in that study (expected to be a reasonable amount), the student can analyze these using dynamic or statistical models, if that is their interest.
The student will take pdf versions of original reports created in 1918 and retrieve all the data contained within. This includes daily or weekly case counts, mortality counts, final sizes of epidemics, age-specific attack rates, etc. The report writers did not make it easy though - sometimes data are in tables, sometimes in graphs, and sometimes in prose - even occasionally in all three! The student therefore will need to be meticulous and display common sense in selecting the data most relevant to retain.
The student will comb the reports carefully to retrieve each record. The location, type of data, amount etc will be recorded in a master Excel (or similar) sheet. Depending on type, the data will also be entered. The task requires good attention to detail and a thorough approach.
Further analysis of the data can be made using Excel, R, Berkeley Madonna, Mathematica or similar, depending on the student's interest. Additionally, qualitative discussion on the data can be made, where particular events may be of historic, or military historic interest.
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