On the Application of Linear Discriminant Function to Evaluate Data on Diabetic Patients at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers, Nigeria
American Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics
Many real life events involves several interacting variables, hence multivariate statistical tool is necessary for appropriate analysis and interpretation. Discriminant analysis (DA) is one of the commonly used multivariate method in various fields of study including education, finance, environment, medicine etc., where complex data analysis and interpretation is required. This paper demonstrates and illustrate approaches in presenting how the discriminant analysis can be carried out on 335 (40
... ried out on 335 (40 diabetics and 295 non-diabetic) patients and how the output can be interpreted using the Fisher's linear Discriminant function (FLDF). The performance of FLDF was adjudged based on the percentage of correct reclassification of the original observation to yield the discriminant scores from the functions. Up to 65.4% correct classification was achieved, and similarly 62.7% percent of the cross-validated grouped cases were correctly classified into either being a Diabetic or nondiabetic patient. Patient's age and gender were found to be the two most important contributing variables in classifying a patient between the two groups.