Overview of Artificial Neural Networks and their Applications in Healthcare

Overview of Artificial Neural Networks and their Applications in Healthcare

Joarder Kamruzzaman (Monash University, Australia), Rezaul Begg (Victoria University, Australia) and Ruhul Sarker (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-848-2.ch001
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Abstract

Artificial neural network (ANN) is one of the main constituents of the artificial intelligence techniques. Like in many other areas, ANN has made a significant mark in the domain of healthcare applications. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the basics of neural networks, their operation, major architectures that are widely employed for modeling the input-to-output relations, and the commonly used learning algorithms for training the neural network models. Subsequently, we briefly outline some of the major application areas of neural networks for the improvement and well being of human health.

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