Date of Award

Summer 8-11-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

David Ashley

Second Advisor

Dora Ilyasova

Third Advisor

Ruiyan Luo


This study investigates three alternative machine learning methods to explore influential predictors of type 2 diabetes. It compares ridge, lasso, and elastic net regression to linear regression, and focuses on 12 outcome variables that include age, sex, race, income, education level, body mass index, waist circumference, arm circumference, hip circumference, family history, smoking status, sleep duration, high blood pressure, and high-density lipoprotein. Ridge, lasso and elastic net regression do not outperform linear regression but do assist in choosing a simpler model which could be important for improving future modeling.

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