By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Data detailed on Health and Medicine have been presented. According to news reporting from Birmingham, Alabama, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "With emergence of clinical outcomes databases as tools utilized routinely within institutions, comes need for software tools to support automated statistical analysis of these large data sets and intrainstitutional exchange from independent federated databases to support data pooling. In this paper, the authors present a design approach and analysis methodology that addresses both issues."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Alabama, "A software application was constructed to automate analysis of patient outcomes data using a wide range of statistical metrics, by combining use of C#.Net and R code. The accuracy and speed of the code was evaluated using benchmark data sets. The approach provides data needed to evaluate combinations of statistical measurements for ability to identify patterns of interest in the data. Through application of the tools to a benchmark data set for dose-response threshold and to SBRT lung data sets, an algorithm was developed that uses receiver operator characteristic curves to identify a threshold value and combines use of contingency tables, Fisher exact tests, Welch t-tests, and Kolmogorov-Smimov tests to filter the large data set to identify values demonstrating dose-response. Kullback-Leibler divergences were used to provide additional confirmation."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The work demonstrates the viability of the design approach and the software tool for analysis of large data sets."
For more information on this research see: Demonstration of a software design and statistical analysis methodology with application to patient outcomes data sets. Medical Physics, 2013;40(11):209-218. Medical Physics can be contacted at: Amer Assoc Physicists Medicine Amer Inst Physics, Ste 1 No 1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA. (American Association of Physicists in Medicine - www.aapm.org; Medical Physics - online.medphys.org/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C. Mayo, Univ Alabama Birmingham, Dept. of Radiat Oncol, Birmingham, AL 35249, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Conners, C. Warren, R. Miller, L. Court and R. Popple.
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