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With the advent of large-scale high density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays, case-control association studies have been performed to identify predisposing genetic factors that influence many common complex diseases. These genotyping platforms provide very dense SNP coverage per one chip. Much research has been focusing on multivariate genetic model to identify genes that can predict the disease status. However, increasing the number of SNPs generates large number of combined genetic outcomes to be tested. This work presents a new mathematical algorithm for SNP analysis called IFGA that uses a "BoostMode" support vector machine (SVM) to select the best set of SNP markers that can predict a state of complex diseases. The proposed algorithm has been applied to test for the association study in two diseases, namely Crohn's and severity spectrum of βo/Hb E Thalassemia diseases. The results revealed that our predicted SNPs can respectively best classify both diseases at 71.57% and 71.06% accuracy using 10-fold cross validation comparing with the optimum random forest (ORF) and classification and regression trees (CART) techniques.