Techdirt Podcast Episode 250: Modeling The Pandemic

from the different-approaches dept

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, nobody really knows what's going to happen — especially if kids start going back to school. Statistical models of the possibilities abound, but this week we're joined by some people who are taking a different approach: John Cordier and Don Burke are the founders of Epistemix, which is using a new agent-based modeling approach to figure out what the future of the pandemic might look like.

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    hij (profile), 5 Aug 2020 @ 1:29pm

    Document your work

    They should be careful. People react badly when they hear things they do not want hear. For example, some in the US Congress have called for formal investigations into the models because they predicted bad things.

    Investigate the modelers

    There is not anything that cannot be politicized these days.

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    crade (profile), 5 Aug 2020 @ 2:52pm

    I am having a hard time understanding how you can model things that are based on personal decisions like policy while only having basic statistical info.. How could you tell things like how likely people would be to wear masks in area A vs area B or how susceptible people might be to bad info in area A vs B or how likely they are to gather together? Do you try to predict things like which areas will have gatherings and protests? What sort of decisions does your system allow your "people" to perform based on their statistical features?

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      Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 5 Aug 2020 @ 4:09pm

      Re:

      Making it worse, how does one model the impact of disinformation, like that espoused by our Leaderist in Chief (a supposition assumed by him and him only)? Was it accepted? Was it effective? How about other espouser's of disinformation, as they perceive the economy more important than human lives. Where in the models is disinformation taking place? There is no question that it should, the question is what is considered disinformation, how much value should be applied to that disinformation, either positive or negative?

      Then, who makes that decision? Not the White House...I hope.

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    Daeng (profile), 11 Aug 2020 @ 1:23pm

    Very happy

    Wow. Wonderfool. This writing very good. Tks following www.cafeberita.com

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