Patient-Specific Effects of Medication Using Latent Force Models with Gaussian Processes

Li Fang Cheng, Bianca Dumitrascu, Michael Zhang, Corey Chivers, Michael Draugelis, Kai Li, Barbara E. Engelhardt

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A multi-output Gaussian process (GP) is a flexible Bayesian nonparametric framework that has proven useful in jointly modeling the physiological states of patients in medical time series data. However, capturing the short-term effects of drugs and therapeutic interventions on patient physiological state remains challenging. We propose a novel approach that models the effect of interventions as a hybrid Gaussian process composed of a GP capturing patient baseline physiology convolved with a latent force model capturing effects of treatments on specific physiological features. The combination of a multi-output GP with a time-marked kernel GP leads to a well-characterized model of patients' physiological state across a hospital stay, including response to interventions. Our model leads to analytically tractable cross-covariance functions that allow for scalable inference. Our hierarchical model includes estimates of patient-specific effects but allows sharing of support across patients. Our approach achieves competitive predictive performance on challenging hospital data, where we recover patient-specific response to the administration of three common drugs: one antihypertensive drug and two anticoagulants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4045-4055
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of Machine Learning Research
StatePublished - 2020
Event23rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, AISTATS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 26 2020Aug 28 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Statistics and Probability


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