This week I looked into research papers done on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and read about experiments, both successful and unsuccessful, that implemented machine learning to diagnose OSA. Previously, I envisioned creating a project that could study existing patterns in the sleep statistics of those already diagnosed and make a diagnosis on a new patient. However, as my internal advisor, Mr. Hansen, brought up, only doctors are allowed to make a valid diagnosis (a diagnosis that is deemed legitimate by an outside entity such as an insurance company). A doctor can order a polysomnography, or a sleep test, to determine whether a patient has OSA. This brings the question, how can my project be useful if sleep tests already exist and my project can’t make a valid diagnosis? Well, instead of providing a diagnosis, I now intend to make this tool indicate whether or not someone should confront their doctor about potentially having OSA. It’s a work in progress…
Additionally, I’ve been continuing with my ML course, learning Octave/Matlab. My external advisor has been busy but he’s been able to give me some solid advice. Transitioning into next week, I want to start looking more at the science behind OSA so the data makes more sense.
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