Palindrome dates, Wuhan Virus and Gleematic?

Today is a big day. Today is 2-Feb 2020. A very special date indeed. Nope, it is not our company’s founding-anniversary. Nope, it is not my birthday either. 

It is the only palindromic date of this century! A palindrome is a sequence that reads the same forward as it does backward. Today’s date is written as 02/02/2020, and the reverse is still the same, regardless of the date convention you use.

There are people who love to study such phenomenon, such as Aziz Inan, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland. He has a website dedicated to palindrome dates. That is quite a lot of work if you do it manually, but if you use an automation software such as Gleematic, you can easily set the logic to reverse dates (stored as number) and identify whether the value will be still the same when reversed.

Apparently, the previous eight-digit palindrome like today’s date was in 909 years ago, on 11/11/1111, and we will have to wait for the next 101 years for a similar phenomenon on 12/12/2121. I don’t think I will live long enough to see that.

Another recent phenomenon that has been trending lately is the Wuhan virus. Channel News Asia reports the current number of infected individuals at 18, as of today. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the virus. No one knows for sure how it spreads or what types of individuals are more likely to die from this virus. This will become clearer when there are more numbers to study.

Gleematic has built-in predictive analytic capabilities to predict outcomes for similar situations. If there was enough data about the age, duration of close contact with an infected person, existing health conditions, etc, you can use software such as Gleematic (or other analytic tools) to predict who is likely to get sick. We have done similar predictions for the likelihood of someone getting a loan, or a person’s likelihood of resignation. You can check out how Gleematic can be used for banking or in HR departments too.

Stay healthy and stay positive.

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