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Link of the week - Money, infectious disease and Where’s George?

Dirk Brockmann introduces the idea that the models used to describe the spread of dollar bills through the U.S. are contributing to our ability to model and map the spread of infectious disease. (1 min 41)
Money Circulation Science by Dirk Brockmann, YouTube

Ever wonder where your money has been? Where’s George is the place to find out.

Fueled by the volunteer efforts of more than 4.5 million registered users, Where’s George asks visitors to register the denomination, series and serial number of any U.S. dollar bill, along with their current ZIP or post code.

In this way, Where’s George is tracking the movement of more than 142 million different bills, with a total value of over US$687 million dollars.

Volunteer thinking; real results

While Where’s George began as a just-for-fun project, it is beginning to have real-world implications: mathematical models developed to describe the geographic spread of money mapped using Where’s George are now being applied to models of the spread of infectious disease.

From Canada? Be sure to check out Where’s Willy to make your contribution to the dollar-mapping effort. European? Try EuroBillTracker instead.



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