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Ana Silva
Universidade do Minho
Portugal
Tiago Oliveira
Portugal
José Neves
Universidade do Minho
Portugal
Paulo Novais
Universidade do Minho
Portugal
Vol. 5 No. 1 (2016), Articles, pages 37-50
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14201/ADCAIJ2016513750
Accepted: Jul 7, 2016
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Abstract

This work presents a survivability prediction model for colon cancer developed with machine learning techniques. Survivability was viewed as a classification task where it was necessary to determine if a patient would survive each of the five years following treatment. The model was based on the SEER dataset which, after preprocessing, consisted of 38,592 records of colon cancer patients. Six features were extracted from a feature selection process in order to construct the model. This model was compared with another one with 18 features indicated by a physician. The results show that the performance of the six-feature model is close to that of the model using 18 features, which indicates that the first may be a good compromise between usability and performance.

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