Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Smith, Brian

Committee Member

Hamilton, Michael Andre

Committee Member

Marufuzzaman, Mohammad

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Considering the commonality of breast cancer among women in the United States and the increasing popularity of precision medicine and data analytics in healthcare, the aim of this study was to use self-organizing maps (SOM) to profile and make decisions about breast cancer patients. Breast cancer mass measurements were combined with nine non-medical attributes—family income, history of cancer, level of education, preference of probability level, presence of dependents, employment status, marital status, age, and location—that were randomly generated based on recent population statistics and fed into a SOM. The SOM’s accuracy was evaluated at around 80%. To show the decision-making capabilities of the SOM, a subset of the patients were treated as new patients and placed on the map. Profiles of these clusters were created to show how decisions made about patients’ diagnosis, delivery, and treatment differed based on the cluster to which they belonged.