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Identification of Factors That Relate to Gestational Age in Term and Preterm Babies Using 2002 National Birth Data
Hammad, Hoda Tarek
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Infant mortality and other subsequent handicaps have been found to be correlated with preterm births. The purpose of this study is to investigate which factors relate to gestational age in term and preterm babies using the 2002 Public-Use Natality data file. Using this data, an exploratory data analysis of both the important discrete and continuous variables will be conducted to obtain a general idea of the data set. This will be followed by the use of regression models to determine which explanatory variables best relate to gestational age. The results can be used to establish guidelines for monitoring and treatment plans for expectant mothers who are most susceptible to preterm labor.