A cost-effective agent for clinical trial assignment
Princeton P. Kokku, Lawrence O. Hall, Dmitry B. Goldgof, Eugene Fink, and
Jeffrey P. Krischer
In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference
on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pages 60-65, 2002.
The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate a new treatment procedure.
When medical researchers conduct a trial, they recruit participants with
appropriate medical histories. To select participants, the researchers
analyze medical records of the available patients, which has traditionally
been a manual procedure. We describe an intelligent agent that helps to
select patients for clinical trials. If the available data are insufficient
for choosing patients, the agent suggests additional medical tests and
finds an ordering of the tests that reduces their total cost.