Wednesday, March 25, 2020

IBM and its Weather Channel have created an online map that records the prevalence of coronavirus

IBM and its Weather Channel have created an online map that records the prevalence of coronavirus cases in the United States.

The new map, which was released nationwide for the first time on Wednesday after a few days of testing, shows an analysis of the states and provinces by province for 19 confirmed cases and related deaths.

People can see information about their regions, including the percentage increase in new Covid 19 cases over the previous week and a graph showing the daily progress of new cases and deaths. This service, which can be accessed through the Weather Channel website or the mobile app, also includes information about the safety of the World Health Organization and disease control and prevention centers, and newspaper articles.

Cameron Clayton, general manager for media and weather at IBM Watson, said his team had collected data from state and local governments. To do this, Weather Channel staff used a program that searches government websites for information such as: B.: According to Covid 19 cases and death updates.

Because every government can publish information about coronavirus in formats such as hard-to-decipher PDF files for computers, IBM had to use computer vision technology to analyze documents and retrieve relevant information.

After that, while the weather channel created interactive maps that resemble previous national disasters, the process was longer and more annoying because A.I. technology is less sophisticated today, Clayton said.

Clayton said the interactive map will be updated every 15 minutes until next week. Clayton admitted that these updates were dependent on district governments adding new information to the Internet, which some people may not do because they are underemployed.

Ultimately, the weather channel plans to discover additional maps in other countries and new features that can predict the spread of the corona virus to facilitate "scenario planning".


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