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This study aimed at analyzing the performance of four forecasting models in predicting the demand for medical care in terms of daily visits in an emergency department (ED) that handles high complexity cases, testing the influence of climatic and calendrical factors on demand behavior. We tested different mathematical models to forecast ED daily visits at(More)
In the majority of countries, breast cancer among women is highly prevalent. If diagnosed in the early stages, there is a high probability of a cure. Several statistical-based approaches have been developed to assist in early breast cancer detection. This paper presents a method for selection of variables for the classification of cases into two classes,(More)
INTRODUCTION We analyze the assembly of surgical trays in a hospital's sterile services department. The department assembles 520 different tray setups. However, tray assembly times are unknown, imposing a challenge to production planners. To respond to demand, workers from other departments are often called, leading to higher operational costs and more(More)
Batch processes are widely used in several industrial sectors, e.g. food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Process performance is described by variables which are monitored as the batch progresses. Data arising from such processes are usually monitored using control charts based on multiway principal components analysis. In this paper we propose a non(More)
INTRODUCTION Demand for CT examinations is continually increasing, with radiologists' reporting times (RRTs) being the major constraint in CT productivity. As CT complexity varies according to the anatomical region, there is a need for methods that normalize radiologist work to address reporting workload. METHODS All CT orders, from July 2013 to February(More)
In forensic and pharmaceutical scenarios, the application of chemometrics and optimization techniques has unveiled common and peculiar features of seized medicine and drug samples, helping investigative forces to track illegal operations. This paper proposes a novel framework aimed at identifying relevant subsets of attenuated total reflectance Fourier(More)