15.071 | Spring 2017 | Graduate

# The Analytics Edge

4.3 Keeping an Eye on Healthcare Costs: The D2Hawkeye Story

## 4.3 Keeping an Eye on Healthcare Costs: The D2Hawkeye Story

### Quick Question

Suppose that instead of the baseline method discussed in the previous video, we used the baseline method of predicting the most frequent outcome for all observations. This new baseline method would predict cost bucket 1 for everyone.

What would the accuracy of this baseline method be on the test set?

Exercise 1

Numerical Response

What would the penalty error of this baseline method be on the test set?

Exercise 2

Numerical Response

Explanation

To compute the accuracy, you can create a table of the variable ClaimsTest\$bucket2009:

table(ClaimsTest\$bucket2009)

According to the table output, this baseline method would get 122978 observations correct, and all other observations wrong. So the accuracy of this baseline method is 122978/nrow(ClaimsTest) = 0.67127.

For the penalty error, since this baseline method predicts 1 for all observations, it would have a penalty error of:

(0*122978 + 2*34840 + 4*16390 + 6*7937 + 8*1057)/nrow(ClaimsTest) = 1.044301

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Spring 2017
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