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CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; DoD, U.S. Department of Defense.

CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; DoD, U.S. Department of Defense.

approximately 12,000 ICD-9 codes and therefore 212-000 possible ICD code sets. This number is far greater than the total number of atoms in the universe or the number of milliseconds since the beginning of time. Thus, it is not possible for a computer, let alone a human, to try every code set to find the best one. That is not to say that it is not possible to determine whether Code Set A is superior to Code Set B for some specific biosurveillance application, just that it is not possible to establish that Code Set A is superior to every other code set for all ICD-coded data.

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