Mixed pooling multi-view attention autoencoder for representation learning in healthcare

Shaika Chowdhury, Chenwei Zhang, Yuan Luo, S. Yu Philip

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Distributed representations have been used to support downstream tasks in healthcare recently. Healthcare data (e.g., electronic health records) contain multiple modalities of data from heterogeneous sources that can provide complementary information, alongside an added dimension to learning personalized patient representations. To this end, in this paper we propose a novel unsupervised encoder-decoder model, namely Mixed Pooling Multi-View Attention Autoencoder (MPVAA), that generates patient representations encapsulating a holistic view of their medical profile. Specifically, by first learning personalized graph embeddings pertaining to each patient's heterogeneous healthcare data, it then integrates the non-linear relationships among them into a unified representation through multi-view attention mechanism. Additionally, a mixed pooling strategy is incorporated in the encoding step to learn diverse information specific to each data modality. Experiments conducted for multiple tasks demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed model over the state-of-the-art representation learning methods in healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Oct 14 2019

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