Cluster-based analysis of infectious disease occurrences using tensor decomposition: A case study of south korea

Seungwon Jung, Jaeuk Moon, Eenjun Hwang

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For a long time, various epidemics, such as lower respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases, have caused serious social losses and costs. Various methods for analyzing infectious disease occurrences have been proposed for effective prevention and proactive response to reduce such losses and costs. However, the results of the occurrence analyses were limited because numerous factors affect the outbreak of infectious diseases and there are complex interactions between these factors. To alleviate this limitation, we propose a cluster-based analysis scheme of infectious disease occurrences that can discover commonalities or differences between clusters by grouping elements with similar occurrence patterns. To do this, we collect and preprocess infectious disease occurrence data according to time, region, and disease. Then, we construct a tensor for the data and apply Tucker decomposition to extract latent features in the dimensions of time, region, and disease. Based on these latent features, we conduct k-means clustering and analyze the results for each dimension. To demonstrate the effectiveness of this scheme, we conduct a case study on data from South Korea and report some of the results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4872
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 1


  • Clustering
  • Infectious disease occurrence
  • Pattern analysis
  • Tensor decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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