Empirical study of decision trees and ensemble classifiers for monitoring of diabetes patients in pervasive healthcare

A. V. Kelarev, A. Stranieri, J. L. Yearwood, H. F. Jelinek

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Abstract

Diabetes is a condition requiring continuous everyday monitoring of health related tests. To monitor specific clinical complications one has to find a small set of features to be collected from the sensors and efficient resource-aware algorithms for their processing. This article is concerned with the detection and monitoring of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, CAN, in diabetes patients. Using a small set of features identified previously, we carry out an empirical investigation and comparison of several ensemble methods based on decision trees for a novel application of the processing of sensor data from diabetes patients for pervasive health monitoring of CAN. Our experiments relied on an extensive database collected by the Diabetes Complications Screening Research Initiative at Charles Sturt University and concentrated on the particular task of the detection and monitoring of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy. Most of the features in the database can now be collected using wearable sensors. Our experiments included several essential ensemble methods, a few more advanced and recent techniques, and a novel consensus function. The results show that our novel application of the decision trees in ensemble classifiers for the detection and monitoring of CAN in diabetes patients achieved better performance parameters compared with the outcomes obtained previously in the literature.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBIS 2012
Pages441-446
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBIS 2012 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 26 Sep 201228 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2012 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBIS 2012

Conference

Conference2012 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBIS 2012
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne, VIC
Period26/09/1228/09/12

Keywords

  • decision trees
  • ensemble classifiers

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