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With the increasing number of samples, the manual clustering of COVID-19 and medical disease data samples becomes time-consuming and requires highly skilled labour. Recently, several algorithms have been used for clustering medical datasets deterministically; however, these definitions have not been effective in grouping and analysing medical diseases. The use of evolutionary clustering algorithms may help to effectively cluster these diseases. On this presumption, we improved the current evolutionary clustering algorithm star (ECA*), called iECA*, in three manners: (i) utilising the elbow method to find the correct number of clusters; (ii) cleaning and processing data as part of iECA* to apply it to multivariate and domain-theory datasets; (iii) using iECA* for real-world applications in clustering COVID-19 and medical disease datasets. Experiments were conducted to examine the performance of iECA* against state-of-the-art algorithms using performance and validation measures (validation measures, statistical benchmarking, and performance ranking framework). The results demonstrate three primary findings. First, iECA* was more effective than other algorithms in grouping the chosen medical disease datasets according to the cluster validation criteria. Second, iECA* exhibited the lower execution time and memory consumption for clustering all the datasets, compared to the current clustering methods analysed. Third, an operational framework was proposed to rate the effectiveness of iECA* against other algorithms in the datasets analysed, and the results indicated that iECA* exhibited the best performance in clustering all medical datasets. Further research is required on real-world multi-dimensional data containing complex knowledge fields for experimental verification of iECA* compared to evolutionary algorithms.

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Highlights •Proposing an improved algorithm, called iECA*, for clustering COVID-19 and medical disease conditions. •The performance of iECA* is examined against the state-of-the-art algorithms using performance and clustering validation measures. •iECA* is more effective than its rivals in grouping the medical datasets. •iECA* is the winning algorithm among current clustering methods in less execution time and memory consumption. •An operational framework is proposed to rate the effectiveness of iECA* against its competitors for medical datasets.

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An operational framework is proposed to rate the effectiveness of iECA* against its competitors for medical datasets.

Professor Tarik A. Rashid
University of Kurdistan Hewler

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This page is a summary of: A novel cluster detection of COVID-19 patients and medical disease conditions using improved evolutionary clustering algorithm star, Computers in Biology and Medicine, November 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2021.104866.
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