Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Dr. Md Tamjidul Hoque

Second Advisor

Dr. Chindo Hicks

Third Advisor

Dr. Minhaz Zibran

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Christopher Summa


Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common cancer in men in the US. Many Prostate cancers are Indolent and don’t result in cancer mortality, even without treatment. However, a significant proportion of patients with Prostate cancer have aggressive tumors that progress rapidly to metastatic disease and are often dangerous. Currently, treatment decisions for PCa patients are guided by various stratification algorithms. Among these parameters, the most important predictor of PCa mortality is the Gleason Grade (ranges from 6 to 10). Although current risk stratification tools are moderately effective, limitation remains in their ability to distinguish truly Indolent from aggressive and potentially lethal disease. Here we propose the use of Machine Learning (ML) for the classification of PC patients as having either indolent or aggressive using transcriptome data. We hypothesize that genomic alterations could lead to measurable changes distinguishing indolent from aggressive tumors. We also trained a Stacking-based model with a different set of combinations of classifiers. The highest overall accuracy of our stacking model (all samples with Gleason Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) is 95.758% and (samples with Gleason Grade: 6, 8, 9, and 10) is 97.19%.


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