Medical Decision Support

Comparison of logistic regression vs. neural networks as prognostic models.

Comparison of logistic regression vs. neural networks as prognostic models. (Image by Prof. Lucila Ohno-Machado.)


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HST.951J / 6.873J

As Taught In

Spring 2003



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Course Description

This course presents the main concepts of decision analysis, artificial intelligence and predictive model construction and evaluation in the specific context of medical applications. It emphasizes the advantages and disadvantages of using these methods in real-world systems and provides hands-on experience. Its technical focus is on decision support, knowledge-based systems (qualitative and quantitative), learning systems (including logistic regression, classification trees, neural networks, rough sets), and techniques to evaluate the performance of such systems. It reviews computer-based diagnosis, planning and monitoring of therapeutic interventions. It also discusses implemented medical applications and the software tools used in their construction. Students produce a final project using the machine learning methods learned in the course, based on actual clinical data.


Prof. Stephan Dreiseitl

Prof. Ju Jan Kim

Prof. Bill Long

Prof. Marco Ramoni

Prof. Fred Resnic

Prof. David Wypij

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Isaac Kohane, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Peter Szolovits, and Staal Vinterbo. HST.951J Medical Decision Support. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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