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Frontiers of Medicine >> 2014, Volume 8, Issue 3 doi: 10.1007/s11684-014-0358-7

Scientific computation of big data in real-world clinical research

1. China Academy of Chinese Medical Science, Beijing 100700, China.

2. Department of Control Science, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804, China

Available online: 2014-10-09

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The advent of the big data era creates both opportunities and challenges for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This study describes the origin, concept, connotation, and value of studies regarding the scientific computation of TCM. It also discusses the integration of science, technology, and medicine under the guidance of the paradigm of real-world, clinical scientific research. TCM clinical diagnosis, treatment, and knowledge were traditionally limited to literature and sensation levels; however, primary methods are used to convert them into statistics, such as the methods of feature subset optimizing, multi-label learning, and complex networks based on complexity, intelligence, data, and computing sciences. Furthermore, these methods are applied in the modeling and analysis of the various complex relationships in individualized clinical diagnosis and treatment, as well as in decision-making related to such diagnosis and treatment. Thus, these methods strongly support the real-world clinical research paradigm of TCM.

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