DECIDE: a software for computer-assisted evaluation of diagnostic test performance

Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 1993 May;40(1):55-65. doi: 10.1016/0169-2607(93)90049-q.


The evaluation of the performance of clinical tests is a complex problem involving different steps and many statistical tools, not always structured in an organic and rational system. This paper presents a software which provides an organic system of statistical tools helping evaluation of clinical test performance. The program allows (a) the building and the organization of a working database, (b) the selection of the minimal set of tests with the maximum information content, (c) the search of the model best fitting the distribution of the test values, (d) the selection of optimal diagnostic cut-off value of the test for every positive/negative situation, (e) the evaluation of performance of the combinations of correlated and uncorrelated tests. The uncertainty associated with all the variables involved is evaluated. The program works in a MS-DOS environment with EGA or higher performing graphic card.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Humans
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Sampling Studies
  • Software*
  • Statistics as Topic