Mining the preferences of patients for ubiquitous clinic recommendation

Tin Chih Toly Chen, Min Chi Chiu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A challenge facing all ubiquitous clinic recommendation systems is that patients often have difficulty articulating their requirements. To overcome this problem, a ubiquitous clinic recommendation mechanism was designed in this study by mining the clinic preferences of patients. Their preferences were defined using the weights in the ubiquitous clinic recommendation mechanism. An integer nonlinear programming problem was solved to tune the values of the weights on a rolling basis. In addition, since it may take a long time to adjust the values of weights to their asymptotic values, the back propagation network (BPN)-response surface method (RSM) method is applied to estimate the asymptotic values of weights. The proposed methodology was tested in a regional study. Experimental results indicated that the ubiquitous clinic recommendation system outperformed several existing methods in improving the successful recommendation rate.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Care Management Science
StatePublished - 6 Mar 2018


  • Clinic
  • Data mining
  • Integer nonlinear programming
  • Ubiquitous recommendation

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