Learning classifiers from medical data
Author(s)Billing, Jeffrey J. (Jeffrey Joel), 1979-
Learning Bayesian networks from medical data
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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The goal of this thesis was to use machine-learning techniques to discover classifiers from a database of medical data. Through the use of two software programs, C5.0 and SVMLight, we analyzed a database of 150 patients who had been operated on by Dr. David Rattner of the Massachusetts General Hospital. C5.0 is an algorithm that learns decision trees from data while SVMLight learns support vector machines from the data. With both techniques we performed cross-validation analysis and both failed to produce acceptable error rates. The end result of the research was that no classifiers could be found which performed well upon cross-validation analysis. Nonetheless, this paper provides a thorough examination of the different issues that arise during the analysis of medical data as well as describes the different techniques that were used as well as the different issues with the data that affected the performance of these techniques.
Thesis (M.Eng. and S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2002.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 32).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.