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A team from the University of East Anglia plans to use big data to predict people's life expectancies.

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A team from the University of East Anglia will use big data to predict how long people will live.

Researchers from the university's School of Computing Sciences have launched a four-year project entitled "Use of Big Health and Actuarial Data for Understanding Longevity and Morbidity Risks." The team will develop software tools that use big data routinely collected by healthcare providers to forecast longevity. They will develop new statistical methods to model mortality, find trends in morbidity, and assess life expectancy.

"We want to identify and quantify the key factors affecting mortality and longevity, such as lifestyle choices, medical conditions, and medical interventions," says professor Elena Kulinskaya.

The researchers believe the project will be beneficial to people planning retirement, doctors advising patients on drugs, and insurance companies.

They will work with statisticians and medics at East Anglia, and alongside medical and health scientists from Norwich Medical School, with additional assistance from technical experts at Aviva.

"When we talk about big data what we mean is data that is vast, complex, and difficult to analyze," Kulinskaya says. "We want to be able to use it to see statistical life expectancy trends, based on large-scale population-based data collected over the long term."

From University of East Anglia
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