A set of female individuals with the above criteria were considered. Further demographic and diet considerations (in order to select similar patients) led to selecting 11 different individuals’ one day of intake as the initial dataset for the model. In another setting, we only considered people that have consumed a reasonable amount of sodium and water. We consider these two nutrients as the main constraints in the DASH diet.
In order to compare different potential data and their performance with the model, we used different data groups from the NHANES database. A group of middle-aged women with certain similar characteristics and a group of people with certain attributes in their diets. In the first group, we did not consider how the individual’s daily diet is reflecting on the constraints that the forward problem had and we relied on their own personal answer to questions regarding hypertension and also how prone they thought they were to type-2 diabetes. The result was a sparse set of variables and an inconclusive optimal solution in regards to the preferences. In the second group, we tried to obtain sub-optimal data. We prioritized the maximum sodium intake constraint and the water intake constraints as our main and most important constraints.