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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 9180159, 8 pages
Research Article

Modification of the Integrated Sasang Constitutional Diagnostic Model

1Medizen Humancare Inc., 20F Keungil Tower, 223 Teheran-ro, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2KM Fundamental Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, 1672 Yuseong-daero, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
3Department of Information and Statistics, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Jong Yeol Kim; and Jun-Hyeong Do;

Received 26 June 2017; Accepted 17 October 2017; Published 27 November 2017

Academic Editor: Bhushan Patwardhan

Copyright © 2017 Jiho Nam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In 2012, the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine proposed an objective and comprehensive physical diagnostic model to address quantification problems in the existing Sasang constitutional diagnostic method. However, certain issues have been raised regarding a revision of the proposed diagnostic model. In this paper, we propose various methodological approaches to address the problems of the previous diagnostic model. Firstly, more useful variables are selected in each component. Secondly, the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator is used to reduce multicollinearity without the modification of explanatory variables. Thirdly, proportions of SC types and age are considered to construct individual diagnostic models and classify the training set and the test set for reflecting the characteristics of the entire dataset. Finally, an integrated model is constructed with explanatory variables of individual diagnosis models. The proposed integrated diagnostic model significantly improves the sensitivities for both the male SY type (36.4% 62.0%) and the female SE type (43.7% 64.5%), which were areas of limitation of the previous integrated diagnostic model. The ideas of these new algorithms are expected to contribute not only to the scientific development of Sasang constitutional medicine in Korea but also to that of other diagnostic methods for traditional medicine.