Hara Kostakis and colleagues examined data from patients enrolled in the Cardio 2000 study using online analytical processing (OLAP), a system usually used for financial and marketing analysis.
They then developed a model of the risk of developing acute coronary syndromes, based on an analysis of all the patients' characteristics.
This model could be incorporated, they suggest, into a simple programme into which patients' characteristics could be entered to produce a risk score.
The researchers will publish their findings in the January 2009 issue of the International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms, a new publication.
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