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UI Team Wins Data Mining Competition

A UI team took home first place in one of two challenges within the 2009-10 Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Cup: Methods Competition, in which participants develop a groundbreaking approach to ensure the safety of prescription drugs, which could protect the lives of patients worldwide. Participants included: Nick Street, professor of management sciences; Lian Duan and Mohammad Khoshneshin, management sciences Ph.D. students; and Si-Chi Chin, a Ph.D. student in information science. Participants had access to a large dataset that resembles observational data that can be extracted from insurance claims or electronic medical records. The team identified relationships in the data between drugs and medical outcomes in order to develop methods that correctly identify true drug-event associations. Their winning entry in the time-dependent second challenge won the $5,000 first prize; they also finished second in the cumulative challenge.

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