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IJMLC 2013 Vol.3(5): 449-452 ISSN: 2010-3700
DOI: 10.7763/IJMLC.2013.V3.358

Drill-Locate-Drill Algorithm for Diagnostic Reasoning in Psychiatry

Irosh Fernando and Frans A. Henskens

Abstract—This paper introduces a top-down algorithm for diagnosing psychiatric illnesses. It is based on the conceptualisation of diagnostic categories, diagnosis, and symptoms as a hierarchical model. The algorithm assumes that there exist a few close-ended clinical questions that can be used during clinical interview to rule in and rule out diagnostic categories, diagnoses and their symptoms. Compared to a more exhaustive bottom-up and recursive algorithm, which the authors have previously introduced, this algorithm has the advantage of being easy to implement requiring a less extensive knowledgebase. It is expected the algorithm will be used as a useful screening tool that increases the detection of psychiatric disorders, which are common but unfortunately currently under-diagnosed.

Index Terms—Diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm, psychiatry, screening tool.

The authors are with the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia (phone: +61 423 281 664; e-mail: irosh.fernando@uon.edu.au, frans.henskens@newcastle.edu.au).


Cite:Irosh Fernando and Frans A. Henskens, "Drill-Locate-Drill Algorithm for Diagnostic Reasoning in Psychiatry," International Journal of Machine Learning and Computing vol.3, no. 5, pp. 449-452, 2013.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3700 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Mach. Learn. Comput.
  • Frequency: Bimonthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJMLC
  • Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Lin Huang
  • Executive Editor:  Ms. Cherry L. Chen
  • Abstracing/Indexing: Inspec (IET), Google Scholar, Crossref, ProQuest, Electronic Journals Library.
  • E-mail: ijmlc@ejournal.net

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