Intelligent diagnostic system for cerebrovascular diseases based on a Bayesian network with information gain

Yan Sun, Ying Bai, Shuxue Ding, Yi Yuan Tang, Yifen Cui, Yan Wang

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In this paper, we present an intelligent system for analyzing the probabilistic dependencies that valuate the relationships of risk factors of cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs). We demonstrate the process used by the system to diagnose CVDs. To construct the system, we select age, gender, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, and hyperlipemia as risk factors of CVDs, which are based on the advice of experienced CVD doctors. The associations of CVDs with these risk factors are analyzed. To diagnose CVDs based on these risk factors objectively, we propose a novel system model based on a Bayesian network (BN) and information gain. By training the model using standard datasets, we obtain a diagnosis system that can automatically generate a diagnosis result when a group of data incorporating the risk factors is inputted. Finally, we test and evaluate the system using standard datasets and compare the results with those of support vector machine analysis. We also present the evaluation results from three experienced CVD doctors, who confirm that the diagnosis results of the system are beneficial to the realistic diagnosis and prediction of CVDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4545-4554
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian network (BN)
  • Cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs)
  • Information gain
  • Risk factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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