Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Grace, Thaddeus, "Children's Lead Poisoning in the Eastern United States: A Spatial Data Mining Approach" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 635.