Probabilistic change detection and visualization methods for the assessment of temporal stability in biomedical data quality

Carlos Sáez, Pedro Pereira Rodrigues, João Gama, Montserrat Robles, Juan M. García-Gómez
2014 Data mining and knowledge discovery  
Knowledge discovery on biomedical data can be based on on-line, datastream analyses, or using retrospective, timestamped, off-line datasets. In both cases, changes in the processes that generate data or in their quality features through time may hinder either the knowledge discovery process or the generalization of past knowledge. These problems can be seen as a lack of data temporal stability. This work establishes the temporal stability as a data quality dimension and proposes new methods for
more » ... its assessment based on a probabilistic framework. Concretely, methods are proposed for (1) monitoring changes, and (2) characterizing changes, trends and detecting temporal subgroups. First, a probabilistic change detection algorithm is proposed based on the Statistical Process Control of the posterior Beta distribution of the Jensen-Shannon distance, with a memoryless forgetting mechanism. This algorithm (PDF-SPC) classifies the degree of current change in three states: In-Control, Warning, and Out-of-Responsible editors: Probabilistic change detection and visualization methods 951 Control. Second, a novel method is proposed to visualize and characterize the temporal changes of data based on the projection of a non-parametric information-geometric statistical manifold of time windows. This projection facilitates the exploration of temporal trends using the proposed IGT-plot and, by means of unsupervised learning methods, discovering conceptually-related temporal subgroups. Methods are evaluated using real and simulated data based on the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) dataset.
doi:10.1007/s10618-014-0378-6 fatcat:bmj7luikffachoj7op7vvwrqyq