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Developers create program that tracks foodborne illnesses on Yelp & Twitter

Developers create program that tracks foodborne illnesses on Yelp & Twitter

If you're looking for Yelp reviews of a new restaurant, the last words you want to read are "food poisoning."

While Consumer Reports says complaints on social media are not always the most reliable, they may contain enough clues to help local governments track potential outbreaks.

PhD student Thomas Effland and a team of developers at Columbia Engineering have created a program that hunts for complaints of foodborne illness on Yelp and Twitter.

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