Special Issue "Analysis and Comparison of Complex National Dietary Surveys by Statistical and Machine Learning: Methods and Applications in Nutritional Epidemiology"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition Methodology & Assessment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luigi Palla
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Guest Editor
Department of Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Interests: statistics; nutrition survey data analysis; chrononutrition; nutritional epidemiology; genetic epidemiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

National dietary surveys produced by many countries have an important role in monitoring the nutritional status of populations across the world. Methodological challenges are often faced in the design and analysis of such surveys and with regard to their comparability across countries/regions/populations. Challenges about the design particularly concern low-middle income countries where limited resources, facilities and infrastructures may make it difficult to collect enough information to monitor the nutritional status of their populations and inform public health policies accordingly. In most  countries, further challenges arise at the stage of data analyses, where the complex survey design is still often ignored while modern causal inference developments are not yet widely applied. Moreover, public health policies and/or comparison across countries or regions need to be based on synthesis of the data that might require dimension reduction of large datasets and dietary pattern exploration by statistical multivariate methods and machine learning techniques.  This special issue is meant to deal with all the above mentioned issues and welcomes papers particularly on:

-Methods to identify dietary behaviour/nutritional patterns by multivariate statistical methods and/or machine learning methods with public health applications, e.g.  to the comparisons of patterns across different countries/regions/populations or across time;

-Methods to predict or explain health outcomes based on dietary patterns derived from national nutrition survey data;

-Application of causal inference methodology to answer substantive nutrition questions from complex survey data from one or several countries/regions/populations.

Dr. Luigi Palla
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Complex survey design
  • Dietary patterns
  • Dietary indices
  • Chrononutrition
  • Cross-country diet comparison
  • Machine learning
  • Nutrition policies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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