Predicting life expectancy with big data

RESEARCH NEWS 31 March 2016 Tweet Statisticians, computer scientists and medical researchers for the UK’s University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a project that uses big data’ to predict life expectancy. This research could be used to develop more robust, personalised treatments as well as bringing practical, financial and medical benefits – such as helping people plan for retirement, and knowing how particular drugs such as statins or beta-blockers affect patients predicted longevity. The four-year project has been launched through £800,000 of funding from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). Lead researcher Prof Elena Kulinskaya from UEA’s School of Computing Sciences said: ‘People around the world are living longer. We want to develop software tools that use big data routinely collected by healthcare providers to forecast longevity. When…

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