Monique Frize

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This paper has two contributions: a) it proposes a web services-based infrastructure to support Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) for processing multi-domain medical data from the obstetrical, perinatal and neonatal care domains, and b) applies Software Performance Engineering (SPE) to the proposed infrastructure. This extends a XML-based framework(More)
An earlier version (2.0) of the case-based reasoning (CBR) tool, called IDEAS for ICU's, allowed users to compare the ten closest matching cases to the newest patient admission, using a large database of intensive care patient records, and physician-selected matching-weights [1,2]. The new version incorporates matching-weights, which have been determined(More)
The objective was to determine the optimal operating conditions for an artificial neural network (ANN) to estimate outcomes. The simulations involved using the 51 inputs while changing the desired output variable. Comparing the correct classification rate (CCR) of an ANN with that of a constant predictor (CP) results indicates the minimum number of sample(More)
In earlier work, the research group successfully used artificial neural networks (ANNs) to estimate ventilation duration for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients. The ANNs performed well in terms of correct classification rate (CCR) and average squared error (ASE) classifying the outcome into two classes: whether patients were ventilated for less(More)
Highly skewed a priori probabilities present challenges for researchers developing medical decision aids due to a lack of information on the rare outcome of interest. This paper attempts to overcome this obstacle by artificially increasing the mortality rate of the training sets. A weight pruning technique called weight-elimination is also applied to this(More)
The lengthy process of manually optimizing a feedforward backpropagation artificial neural network (ANN) provided the incentive to develop an automated system that could fine-tune the network parameters without user supervision. A new stopping criterion was introduced--the logarithmic-sensitivity index--that manages a good balance between sensitivity and(More)
BACKGROUND The skin temperature distribution of a healthy human body exhibits a contralateral symmetry. Some nociceptive and most neuropathic pain pathologies are associated with an alteration of the thermal distribution of the human body. Since the dissipation of heat through the skin occurs for the most part in the form of infrared radiation, infrared(More)