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The purpose of this study is to develop an automatic classifier based on Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) to help the diagnostic of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) using forced oscillation measurements (FOT). The classifier inputs are the parameters provided by the FOT and the output is the indication if the parameters indicate COPD or not. The available dataset consists of 7 possible input features (FOT parameters) of 90 measurements made in 30 volunteers. Two feature selection methods (the analysis of the linear correlation and forward search) were used in order to identify a reduced set of the most relevant parameters. Two different training strategies for the ANNs were used and the performance of resulting networks were evaluated by the determination of accuracy, sensitivity (Se), specificity (Sp) and AUC. The ANN classifiers presented high accuracy (Se > 0.9, Se > 0.9 and AUC > 0.9) both in the complete and the reduce sets of FOT parameters. This indicates that ANNs classifiers may contribute to easy the diagnostic of COPD using forced oscillation measurements.
Date of Conference: Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 4 2010