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Mining for Patterns of Behaviour in Children with Autism Through Smartphone Technology

Burns, William, Donnelly, Mark and Booth, Nichola (2014) Mining for Patterns of Behaviour in Children with Autism Through Smartphone Technology. In: 12th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2014;, Denver; United States. Springer Verlag. Vol 8456 7 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14424-5_16

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-14424-5_16


A requirement to maintain detailed recording of child behaviour is commonplace for families engaged in home-based autism intervention therapy. Periodically, a Behaviour Analyst reviews this data to formulate new behaviour change plans and as such, the quality and accuracy of data is paramount. We present a smartphone application that aims to streamline the traditional paper based approaches, which are prone to non-compliance and erroneous detail. In addition, we have applied association rule mining to the collected behaviour data to extract patterns in terms of behaviour causes and effects with a view to offer intelligent support to the Behaviour Analysts when formulating new interventions. The paper outlines the results of a small evaluation of the smartphone component before introducing the methodology used to mine that data to highlight behaviour rules and patterns. Consequently, based on an initial sample of child behaviours, the methodology is then compared to a Behaviour Analyst’s assessment of corresponding paper based records.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Association rule mining; Autism spectrum disorders; Behaviour monitoring; Health records; Intelligent data analysis; Smartphone
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:35663
Deposited By: Dr Mark Donnelly
Deposited On:24 Aug 2016 10:49
Last Modified:24 Aug 2016 10:49

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