Validating Synthetic Health Datasets for Longitudinal Clustering
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Clustering methods partition datasets into subgroups with some homogeneous properties, with information about the number and particular characteristics of each subgroup unknown a priori. The problem of predicting the number of clusters and quality of each cluster might be overcome by using cluster validation methods. This paper presents such an approach in-corporating quantitative methods for comparison be-tween original and synthetic versions of longitudinal health datasets. The use of the methods is demon-strated by using two diﬀerent clustering algorithms, K-means and Latent Class Analysis, to perform clus-tering on synthetic data derived from the 45 and Up Study baseline data, from NSW in Australia.
This paper appeared at the Australasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM 2013), Adelaide, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol.142. K. Gray and A. Koronios, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for proﬁt purposes permitted provided this text is included.