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Fuzzy association rule mining and classification for the prediction of malaria in South Korea.

Buczak AL, Baugher B, Guven E, Ramac-Thomas LC, Elbert Y, Babin SM, Lewis SH - BMC Med Inform Decis Mak (2015)

Bottom Line: The overall FARM results (as measured by F-scores) are significantly better than those obtained by Decision Tree, Random Forest, Support Vector Machine, and Holt-Winters methods for the HIGH class.For the Medium class, Random Forest and FARM obtain comparable results, with FARM being better at F0.5, and Random Forest obtaining a higher F3.This paper demonstrates that our data driven approach can be used for the prediction of different diseases.

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Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD, 20723-6099, USA. anna.buczak@jhuapl.edu.

ABSTRACT

Background: Malaria is the world's most prevalent vector-borne disease. Accurate prediction of malaria outbreaks may lead to public health interventions that mitigate disease morbidity and mortality.

Methods: We describe an application of a method for creating prediction models utilizing Fuzzy Association Rule Mining to extract relationships between epidemiological, meteorological, climatic, and socio-economic data from Korea. These relationships are in the form of rules, from which the best set of rules is automatically chosen and forms a classifier. Two classifiers have been built and their results fused to become a malaria prediction model. Future malaria cases are predicted as Low, Medium or High, where these classes are defined as a total of 0-2, 3-16, and above 17 cases, respectively, for a region in South Korea during a two-week period. Based on user recommendations, HIGH is considered an outbreak.

Results: Model accuracy is described by Positive Predictive Value (PPV), Sensitivity, and F-score for each class, computed on test data not previously used to develop the model. For predictions made 7-8 weeks in advance, model PPV and Sensitivity are 0.842 and 0.681, respectively, for the HIGH classes. The F0.5 and F3 scores (which combine PPV and Sensitivity) are 0.804 and 0.694, respectively, for the HIGH classes. The overall FARM results (as measured by F-scores) are significantly better than those obtained by Decision Tree, Random Forest, Support Vector Machine, and Holt-Winters methods for the HIGH class. For the Medium class, Random Forest and FARM obtain comparable results, with FARM being better at F0.5, and Random Forest obtaining a higher F3.

Conclusions: A previously described method for creating disease prediction models has been modified and extended to build models for predicting malaria. In addition, some new input variables were used, including indicators of intervention measures. The South Korea malaria prediction models predict Low, Medium or High cases 7-8 weeks in the future. This paper demonstrates that our data driven approach can be used for the prediction of different diseases.

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Malaria case counts for eight example regions
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Fig5: Malaria case counts for eight example regions

Mentions: Because of this problem using incidence rate, case counts were examined instead as a possible data source for determining the classes. FigureĀ 5 plots the case counts for the same eight Korean regions. Notice that for the 5th through 8th years, the dark blue case count values do not overwhelm the other region counts. Therefore, using case counts for computing the threshold defined above and applying the threshold to the case counts data provided enough high values for training, validation, and testing. Therefore, the HIGH incidence classifier was developed, trained, and tested using eight regions and the threshold based on case counts data.Fig. 5


Fuzzy association rule mining and classification for the prediction of malaria in South Korea.

Buczak AL, Baugher B, Guven E, Ramac-Thomas LC, Elbert Y, Babin SM, Lewis SH - BMC Med Inform Decis Mak (2015)

Malaria case counts for eight example regions
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4472166&req=5

Fig5: Malaria case counts for eight example regions
Mentions: Because of this problem using incidence rate, case counts were examined instead as a possible data source for determining the classes. FigureĀ 5 plots the case counts for the same eight Korean regions. Notice that for the 5th through 8th years, the dark blue case count values do not overwhelm the other region counts. Therefore, using case counts for computing the threshold defined above and applying the threshold to the case counts data provided enough high values for training, validation, and testing. Therefore, the HIGH incidence classifier was developed, trained, and tested using eight regions and the threshold based on case counts data.Fig. 5

Bottom Line: The overall FARM results (as measured by F-scores) are significantly better than those obtained by Decision Tree, Random Forest, Support Vector Machine, and Holt-Winters methods for the HIGH class.For the Medium class, Random Forest and FARM obtain comparable results, with FARM being better at F0.5, and Random Forest obtaining a higher F3.This paper demonstrates that our data driven approach can be used for the prediction of different diseases.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD, 20723-6099, USA. anna.buczak@jhuapl.edu.

ABSTRACT

Background: Malaria is the world's most prevalent vector-borne disease. Accurate prediction of malaria outbreaks may lead to public health interventions that mitigate disease morbidity and mortality.

Methods: We describe an application of a method for creating prediction models utilizing Fuzzy Association Rule Mining to extract relationships between epidemiological, meteorological, climatic, and socio-economic data from Korea. These relationships are in the form of rules, from which the best set of rules is automatically chosen and forms a classifier. Two classifiers have been built and their results fused to become a malaria prediction model. Future malaria cases are predicted as Low, Medium or High, where these classes are defined as a total of 0-2, 3-16, and above 17 cases, respectively, for a region in South Korea during a two-week period. Based on user recommendations, HIGH is considered an outbreak.

Results: Model accuracy is described by Positive Predictive Value (PPV), Sensitivity, and F-score for each class, computed on test data not previously used to develop the model. For predictions made 7-8 weeks in advance, model PPV and Sensitivity are 0.842 and 0.681, respectively, for the HIGH classes. The F0.5 and F3 scores (which combine PPV and Sensitivity) are 0.804 and 0.694, respectively, for the HIGH classes. The overall FARM results (as measured by F-scores) are significantly better than those obtained by Decision Tree, Random Forest, Support Vector Machine, and Holt-Winters methods for the HIGH class. For the Medium class, Random Forest and FARM obtain comparable results, with FARM being better at F0.5, and Random Forest obtaining a higher F3.

Conclusions: A previously described method for creating disease prediction models has been modified and extended to build models for predicting malaria. In addition, some new input variables were used, including indicators of intervention measures. The South Korea malaria prediction models predict Low, Medium or High cases 7-8 weeks in the future. This paper demonstrates that our data driven approach can be used for the prediction of different diseases.

No MeSH data available.


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