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Learning ensemble classifiers for diabetic retinopathy assessment.

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Learning ensemble classifiers for diabetic retinopathy assessment.

Artif Intell Med. 2018 04;85:50-63

Authors: Saleh E, Błaszczyński J, Moreno A, Valls A, Romero-Aroca P, de la Riva-Fernández S, Słowiński R

Abstract
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common comorbidities of diabetes. Unfortunately, the recommended annual screening of the eye fundus of diabetic patients is too resource-consuming. Therefore, it is necessary to develop tools that may help doctors to determine the risk of each patient to attain this condition, so that patients with a low risk may be screened less frequently and the use of resources can be improved. This paper explores the use of two kinds of ensemble classifiers learned from data: fuzzy random forest and dominance-based rough set balanced rule ensemble. These classifiers use a small set of attributes which represent main risk factors to determine whether a patient is in risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. The levels of specificity and sensitivity obtained in the presented study are over 80%. This study is thus a first successful step towards the construction of a personalized decision support system that could help physicians in daily clinical practice.

PMID: 28993124 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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