Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021


Information Systems and Business Analytics

First Major Professor

Dr. Sree Nilakanta


Master of Science (MS)


Information Systems


Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are the most common neurodegenerative diseases world-wide. This study is carried out to evaluate four biomarkers which are significant in assessing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Like all neurodegenerative diseases, the symptoms of the Parkinson’s Disease do not manifest until the disease progression, this leads to importance of identifying changes to the biomarkers significant to the progression of disease. Biomarkers from files like Biospecimen results, Unified Parkinson’ Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), Non-motor skill tests, Imaging tests, and patient’s medical history are used to assess their influence the four proposed biomarkers.

A significant amount of research went in to analyzing various biomarkers to understand Parkinson’s disease progression. The change in the biomarkers has changed the disease outcome. This study takes a different path in analyzing the biomarkers in the PPMI database. A good amount of research shows how some biomarkers influence the disease outcome more than other biomarkers in PPMI. So, studying these most influential biomarkers change with the change outcome of the other biomarkers. The data for this study is collected from Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) an observational study on Parkinson’s disease. This study addresses data munging, manipulation, cleaning, imputing missing values, univariate analysis along with employing commonly used regression Machine Learning (ML) models, and discusses the results of the ML models. Study concludes by finding the most significant features which influenced in predicting the outcome of the models.

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Malepati, Anudeep

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