Journal Papers

Small Count Data and Outlier Analysis: An Exploratory Study of Patient Safety

Small count data presents challenges for analytics and requires significant data inspection. Outliers may become a problem for small count data and are often overlooked. A single outlier may have a strong effect on small count data because of the difficulty in identifying the nature of the outlier. In the healthcare industry, small count data often represent life-threatening incidences, such as rare diseases or “never events” in surgeries. The focus of this research is on data sets that report retained surgical devices.

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