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Discourse structures in medical reports--watch out! The generation of referentially coherent and valid text knowledge bases in the MEDSYNDIKATE system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10075128     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The automatic analysis of medical narratives currently suffers from neglecting text structure phenomena such as referential relations between discourse units. This has unwarranted effects on the descriptional adequacy of medical knowledge bases automatically generated from texts. The resulting representation bias can be characterized in terms of incomplete, artificially fragmented and referentially invalid knowledge structures. We focus here on four basic types of textual reference relations, viz. pronominal and nominal anaphora, textual ellipsis and metonymy and show how to deal with them in an adequate text parsing device. Since the types of reference relations we discuss show an increasing dependence on conceptual background knowledge, we stress the need for formally grounded, expressive conceptual representation systems for medical knowledge. Our suggestions are based on experience with MEDSYNDIKATE, a medical text knowledge acquisition system designed to properly deal with various sorts of discourse structure phenomena.
U Hahn; M Romacker; S Schulz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of medical informatics     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1386-5056     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Med Inform     Publication Date:  1999 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-10     Completed Date:  1999-05-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9711057     Medline TA:  Int J Med Inform     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Freiburg University, Computational Linguistics Lab, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Artificial Intelligence*
Information Storage and Retrieval
Information Systems*
Information Theory
Natural Language Processing*
Terminology as Topic

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