A data-driven approach for extracting "the most specific term" for ontology development.

Guergana K. Savova, Marcelline Harris, Thomas Johnson, Serguei V. Pakhomov, Christopher G. Chute

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We present a data-driven approach to extract the "most specific" terms relevant to an ontology of functioning, disability and health. The algorithm is a combination of statistical and linguistic approaches. The statistical filter is based on the frequency of the content words in a given text string; the linguistic heuristic is an extension of existing algorithms but goes beyond noun phrases and is formulated as a "complete syntactic node". Thus, it can be applied to any syntactic node of interest in the particular domain. Two test sets were marked by three experts. Test set 1 is a well-constructed text from pain abstracts; test set 2 is actual medical reports. Results are reported as recall, precision, F-score and rate of valid terms in false positives. A limitation of the current research is the relatively small test set.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-583
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2003


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