クラスター ウィリアム ビー
CLASTER William B.
所属 立命館アジア太平洋大学 国際経営学部 職種 教授
|標題||Data-mining techniques for an analysis of non-conventional methodologies; deciphering of alternative medicine in the Asia Pacific region to be published in Biomedical Knowledge Management|
|出版社・発行元||Infrastructures and Processes for E-Health Systems, IGI Press|
|巻・号・頁||pp.chapter 6: 82-91|
|著者・共著者||William Claster, Nader Ghotbi|
|概要||Some common methodologies in our everyday life are not based on modern scientific knowledge but rather a set of experiences that have established themselves through years of practice. As a good example, there are many forms of alternative medicine, quite popular, however difficult to comprehend by conventional western medicine. The diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies are very different and sometimes unique, compared to that of western medicine. How can we verify and analyze such methodologies through modern scientific methods? We present a case study where data-mining was able to fill this gap and provide us with many tools for investigation. Osteopathy is a popular alternative medicine methodology to treat musculoskeletal complaints in Japan. Using data-mining methodologies, we could overcome some of the analytical problems in an investigation. We studied diagnostic records from a very popular osteopathy clinic in Osaka, Japan that included over 30,000 patient visits over 6 years of practice. The data consists of some careful measurements of tissue electro-conductivity differences at 5 anatomical positions. Data mining and knowledge discovery algorithms were applied to search for meaningful associations within the patient data elements recorded. This study helped us scientifically investigate the diagnostic methodology adopted by the osteopath.|