Athlete Health Prediction Using Machine Learning Methods
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 12:23 authored by MD Raihan Sharif
Due to an increase in sports activities, the prediction of athletes’ health (AH) has recently become an important research topic. However, it is a challenging task to predict AH because of the nature of the data and the limitations of predictive models. The main objective of this work is to develop appropriate models that can forecast AH using historical data. This work will enable sport organizations to monitor the well-being of their athletes. In this thesis, we explore the applicability of various machine learning (ML) methods for predicting AH. Traditional ML methods do not perform well for class-imbalanced data as these methods are biased towards the majority class. In this work, we propose to use ensemble-based methods which utilize downsampling, bootstrap sampling, and boosting techniques to improve the classification performance. Various metrics are used to evaluate and to compare the model performance. Our results show the superiority of ensemble-based methods over traditional approaches. The random forest and the RUSBoost classier models are in particular found to produce the best performance in handling imbalanced classes.