Kathryn Colborn of University of Colorado Denver in the U.S. will develop a statistical model to predict future outbreaks of malaria and help identify the most effective intervention strategy. Current models can help work out where and why malaria outbreaks occur rather than predicting future outbreaks. They will use supervised machine learning to develop a set of predictive algorithms using available data including weather, demographics, and malaria incidence in children under five years old from Mozambique. From this set, the best algorithm for predicting malaria will be selected by cross validation on an independent dataset, and subsequently tested in the field using monthly malaria case reports.
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