This paper presents an intelligent diagnostic supporting system –
DiaKAW (Intelligent and Interactive Diagnostic Knowledge Acquisition Workbench), which automatically extracts useful knowledge from massive medical data to support real medical diagnosis. In which, our two novel pre-processing algorithms MIDCA (Multivariate Interdependent Discretization for Continuous-valued Attributes) and LUIFS (Latent Utility of Irrelevant Feature Selection) for continuous feature discretization (CFD) and feature selection (FS) respectively, assist in accelerating the diagnostic accuracy by taking the attributes’ supportive relevance into consideration during the data preparation process. Such strategy minimizes the information lost and maximizes the intelligence and accuracy of the system. The empirical results on several real-life datasets from UCI repository demonstrate the goodness of our diagnostic system.