Date of Graduation


Document Type


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Donald Adjeroh

Committee Co-Chair

James Bardes

Committee Member

James Bardes

Committee Member

Gianfranco Doretto


In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The factors that contribute to heart disease are well known but it is still an ever-evolving field of research. The possible benefits to being able to determine an individual’s Health Risk could provide the early insights needed to combat cardiovascular disease. However, two major problems within this area are the public availability of a dataset and the label imbalances for the dataset. In this thesis, we present a framework for exploring health risk using a combination of the NHANES dataset and open-source machine learning tools. We apply this framework to both cardiovascular disease risk detection and hypertension risk detection. To address the challenge of data imbalance, we also explore different sampling strategies built on a novel modification to KMeans Under-Sampling. Results are included to demonstrate the performance of the proposed methods.

Embargo Reason

Publication Pending

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