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GraDD: A Graph Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Approach to Automatic Dementia Detection
thesisposted on 2023-05-01, 00:00 authored by Edoardo Stoppa
Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no cure, with a lengthy and costly diagnosis process. One of the earliest signs of Dementia is difficulty in producing language, and that is why Computer-Aided Dementia Detection through Natural Language Processing is emerging as a viable solution for an early diagnosis. Our work makes three main contributions. First, we have developed a framework used for the extraction of manually engineered features from dementia-related audio files and transcripts. The framework is open-source and easily extensible, making it possible for other researchers to contribute by adding new features or new groups of features. Second, we have built a machine learning performance evaluation framework that standardizes the entire performance analysis process. Last, we propose a new approach to Automatic Dementia Detection, based on Graph Machine Learning. We demonstrate that the method is promising given the encouraging results, even if it's still far from the current state-of-the-art performance.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Degree nameMS, Master of Science
Committee MemberMedya, Sourav Leow, Alex Santambrogio, Marco D.
Submitted dateMay 2023