Home videos of children can be scored to diagnose autism, study says

Short home videos can be used to diagnose autism in children, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The research, which will be published online Nov. 27 in PLOS Medicine, expands on a 2014 feasibility study on the topic by the same researchers. In the new study, the scientists employed machine learning to determine which features of children’s behavior should be rated to evaluate autism, using computers to whittle down a long list of behavioral features to those most relevant to the diagnosis. They also devised an algorithm that weights each feature to provide an overall diagnostic score for each child.

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