Report Number: CS-TR-79-816
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Automating the study of clinical hypotheses on a
time-oriented data base: the RX Project
Author: Blum, Robert L.
Date: November 1979
Abstract: The existence of large chronic disease data bases offers the
possibility of studying hypotheses of major medical
importance. An objective of the RX Project is to assist a
clinical researcher with the tasks of experimental design and
statistical analysis. A major component of RX is a knowledge
base of medicine and statistics, organized as a frame-based,
taxonomic tree. RX determines confounding variables, study
design, and analytic techniques. It then gathers data,
analyzes it, and interprets results. The American Rheumatism
Association Medical Information System is used.