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Can the Random Forests Model Improve the Power to Predict the Inten-tion of the Elderly in a Community to Participate in a Cognitive Health Promotion Program?

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Background: We aimed to develop a model predicting the participation of the elderly in a cognitive health program using the random forest algorithm and presented baseline information for enhancing cognitive health.

Methods: This study analyzed the raw data of Seoul Welfare Panel Study (SWPS) (20), which was surveyed by Seoul Welfare Foundation for the residents of Seoul from Jun 1st to Aug 31st, 2015. Subjects were 2,111 (879 men and 1232 women) persons aged 60 yr and older living in the community who were not diagnosed with dementia. The outcome variable was the intention to participate in a cognitive health promotion program. A prediction model was developed by the use of a Random forests and the results of the developed model were compared with those of a decision tree analysis based on classification and regression tree (CART).

Results: The random forests model predicted education level, subjective health, subjective friendship, subjective family bond, mean monthly family income, age, smoking, living with a spouse or not, depression history, drinking, and regular exercise as the major variables. The analysis results of test data showed that the accuracy of the random forests was 72.3% and that of the CART model was 70.9%.

Conclusion: It is necessary to develop a customized health promotion program considering the characteristics of subjects in order to implement a program effectively based on the developed model to predict participation in a cognitive health promotion program.

 

 

 

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijph.v50i2.5346
Keywords
Cognitive health promotion program Prediction model Decision tree Random forest

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BYEON H. Can the Random Forests Model Improve the Power to Predict the Inten-tion of the Elderly in a Community to Participate in a Cognitive Health Promotion Program?. Iran J Public Health. 50(2):315-324.