Computer tool can predict suicidal behaviour: study

Washington, Nov 8 (PTI) Using a persons spoken or written words, computer technology known as machine learning can identify with great accuracy whether that person is suicidal or not, a new study has found. The study shows that machine learning is up to 93 per cent accurate in correctly classifying a suicidal person and 85 per cent accurate in identifying a person who is suicidal, has a mental illness but is not suicidal, or neither. These results provide strong evidence for using advanced technology as a decision-support tool to help clinicians and caregivers identify and prevent suicidal behaviour, said John Pestian, professor at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Centre in the US and the studys lead author. “These computational approaches provide novel opportunities to apply technological innovations in suicide care and…

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