Association rule mining and network analysis in oriental medicine.

PloS one

PubMedID: 23555003

Yang DH, Kang JH, Park YB, Park YJ, Oh HS, Kim SB. Association rule mining and network analysis in oriental medicine. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(3):e59241.
Extracting useful and meaningful patterns from large volumes of text data is of growing importance. In the present study we analyze vast amounts of prescription data, generated from the book of oriental medicine to identify the relationships between the symptoms and the associated medicines used to treat these symptoms. The oriental medicine book used in this study (called Bangyakhappyeon) contains a large number of prescriptions to treat about 54 categorized symptoms and lists the corresponding herbal materials. We used an association rule algorithm combined with network analysis and found useful and informative relationships between the symptoms and medicines.