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Classification modelling of physiological stages in captive Balkan whip snakes using blood biochemistry parameters

Čož-Rakovac, Rozelinda; Lisičić, Duje; Šmuc, Tomislav; Topić Popović, Natalija; Strunjak-Perović, Ivančica; Jadan, Margita; Tadić, Zoran; Jug Dujaković, Jurica (2011) Classification modelling of physiological stages in captive Balkan whip snakes using blood biochemistry parameters. Journal of Herpetology, 45 (4). pp. 525-529. ISSN 0022-1511

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Captive Balkan whip snakes (Hierophis gemonensis) were studied to determine blood biochemical parameters that are useful indicators of physiological status during different periods of the biological cycle, including pre- and post-hibernation, hibernation, sexual activity, and normal activity. In addition to classic statistical analyses, six machine-learning methods utilizing ten times ten-fold cross-validation evaluation were used in order to determine the best classification model for the blood biochemistry data. Results of the machine-learning models indicated that using simultaneously three of the blood biochemistry variables – urea, glucose, and lactate dehydrogenase is enough to obtain highly accurate discrimination between different physiological conditions during the biological cycle. This approach clarifies the role and importance of physiological processes which show diversity of functional characteristics of various biochemical parameters in ecological relation to snakes held under laboratory conditions which mimic natural environmental changes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balkan whip snake; blood biochemistry; biological cycle; machine learning techniques
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Division of Electronics
Division of Materials Chemistry
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Strojno učenje prediktivnih modela u računalnoj biologiji-Tomislav Šmuc098-0000000-3168MZOS
Kognicija i percepcija u zmija-Zoran Tadić119-0000000-1285MZOS
Substanična biokemijska i filogenetska raznolikost tkiva riba, rakova i školjaka-Rozelinda Čož-Rakovac098-1782739-2749MZOS
Depositing User: Natalija Topić Popović
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 14:08

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