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Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries


The scientists said they hoped their work could lead to early detection of cancer. Their study was published on Tuesday in The Journal of Oncology Practice by Dr. Eric Horvitz and Dr. Ryen White, the Microsoft researchers, and John Paparrizos, a Columbia University graduate student.

“We asked ourselves, ‘If we heard the whispers of people online, would it provide strong evidence or a clue that something’s going on?’” Dr. Horvitz said.

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http://nytimes.com/2016/06/08/technology/online-searches-can-identify-cancer-victims-study-finds.html

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Wait, how do the searches help find cancer victims? Just from symptoms they're searching for?

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