A recommender system for breast cancer patients

Taban, Momeneh (2014) A recommender system for breast cancer patients. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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An ongoing challenge in the information age is finding information relevant to a particular need. One area in which this is particularly problematic is the medical do- main, where patients suffering from certain conditions seek advice on managing their health. Personalized recommendations can be useful in this context. A recommender system can assist users to locate relevant information and choose the best option that matches their needs. This thesis developed a Breast Cancer Recommender System (BCRS) which rec- ommends health related articles appropriate for patients confronting breast cancer. BCRS applies a hybrid algorithm which combines collaborative filtering and content based approaches to generate recommendations. Article recommendations can be categorized in four main groups: life style, emotional concerns, risk factors and treat- ment. To examine the quality and perceived usefulness of article recommendations, a preliminary evaluation was conducted using female medical students of Memorial University.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8201
Item ID: 8201
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-66).
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Computer Science
Date: June 2014
Date Type: Submission

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