Learning Accurate Regressors for Predicting Survival Times of Individual Cancer Patients

  • Author / Creator
    Lin, Hsiu-Chin
  • Standard survival analysis focuses on population-based studies. The objective of our work, survival prediction, is different: to find the most accurate model for predicting the survival times for each individual patient. We view this as a regression problem, where we try to map the features for each patient to his/her survival time. This is challenging in medical data due to the presence of irrelevant features, outliers, and missing class labels. Our approach consists of two major steps: (1) apply various grouping methods to segregate patients, and (2) apply different regression to each sub-group we obtained from the first step. We focus our experiments on a data set of 2402 patients (1260 censored). Our final predictor can obtain an average relative absolute error < 0.54. The experimental results verify that we can effectively predict survival times with a combination of statistical and machine learning approaches.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2011
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    Master of Science
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