A Short Note on Pediatric Nutritional Requirements: Determination with Neural Networks.

Author(s): Bekir Karlik

The need for reliable and accurate determination of daily dietary requirements of children is widespread. Especially in hasty and crowding circumstances of pediatric clinics and outpatient clinics quick and easy calculation of daily caloric, protein andwater requirement is difficult. Use of an automated computer-based technique to assist determination of daily dietary requirements of energy. Then daily values of recommended dietary allowances energy as kcal/d, protein as g/d, water as mild have been taught to neural network in a personal computer. After computer training of network, nutritional requirements of same children were computed by artificial neural network, and results derived from both of calculations were compared statistically.