Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

761

Date

2012

Date of Award

11-29-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Geography

Committee Chair

Esra Ozdenerol

Committee Member

Hsiang-Te Kung

Committee Member

George Relyea

Abstract

The focus of this thesis is to determine whether an association rule mining appraoch could be used to uncover associations between socioeconomic variables and childhood lead poisoning in the eastern Unied States. The association rule analysis was able to discover three prominent variables that were linked with childhood lead toxicity. Counties with high rates of holder housing, high single female head of householders, and a low proportion of Hispanic residents were found to be associated with higher rates of childhood lead poisoning. Geographic information systems (GIS) was utilized to visually illustrate the spatial distribution of each of the three association rules. This research is an important contribution towards the study of lead poisoning in that it is the first one to incorporate the application of association rules when analyzing this important childhood illness.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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