The concept of syndrome in traditional Ohinese medicine （TOM） is a nonlinear, open and complicated huge system. Syndrome differentiation in TOM belongs to cognitive and noetic science. To establish a new syndrome differentiation system based on the key elements of the syndrome is necessary for TOM practitioners to promote differentiation ability and reach consensus on differentiation method. With combination of experience and computation models, the Bayesian network was used in the study of the relationship between the key elements of syndrome and the symptoms, and the relationship among different key elements, in which the computing diagnosis result was identical to the result from an experienced TOM doctor. The study showed that Bayesian network is a good method to deal with the information of symptoms and signs for syndrome differentiation, but it is also not to reflect comprehensively the thinking ability of TOM doctors in doing syndrome differentiation.
Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine
key pattern elements
syndrome differentiating system
traditional Ohinese medicine
Correspondence to： Wen-Feng ZHU, MD, Professor. E-mail： email@example.com. cn