Map of clusters and distribution of patients.
Map created by the first and second components derived from the MCA is shown at the center. Four circles at the sides show how patients move between clusters after one year of follow-up. Relative positions of the subjects in the planes are represented by different colors, depending on the subtype provided by the cluster analysis. Definition of the axes is suggested based on information provided in appendix Table A1. The horizontal axis, first component, can be defined as an index of the respiratory conditions of the patient, milder (left side) vs. more severe (right side). The vertical axis, second component, can be defined as an index of the systemic status, worse (bottom) vs. better (top).