R Group for Biosurveillance


The mission of the R Group for Biosurveillance is to connect R users and Advance the Practice of R in Public Health Surveillance


December 28, 2018

SaTScan Tutorial

SaTScan software is used widely in outbreak detection.  It's free, flexible, and fast.  However, it is somewhat cumbersome, in that access is primarily through a GUI.  While this is probably best for occasional use, it does not lend itself to automated analysis, storage and re-use of surveillance results, or to methodological investigations of the properties of the methods implemented in SaTScan.  

May 20, 2019

Vetsyn: Veterinary Syndromic Surveillance Streamlined into one R Package

To describe an R package that was designed to provide ready implementation of veterinary syndromic surveillance systems, from classified data to the generation of alerts and an html interface.


November 30, 2017

R Software Environment Resources

What is R?

R is a language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a variety of UNIX platforms, Windows, and MacOS. It is similar to the S language and environment - in fact, much code written in S will run unaltered in R. The R environment is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. You can learn more about R from the R Project website

How Can I Get R?

October 27, 2017

An exploratory analysis of the 2010 measles outbreak in Zimbabwe

This report describes an exploratory analysis of the 2009-2010 Zimbabwe measles outbreak based on data publicly available in the World Health Organization's Zimbabwe cholera epidemiological bulletin archive. As of December 12th 2010, the outbreak appears to have ended after it is suspected to have caused 13,783 infections, 693 of those being confirmed IgM positive, and 631 deaths.


May 02, 2019

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