Chunking clinical text containing non-canonical language

Savkov, Aleksandar, Carroll, John and Cassell, Jackie (2014) Chunking clinical text containing non-canonical language. In: 13th Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing (BioNLP), 26-27 Jun 2014, Baltimore, MD.

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Free text notes typed by primary care physicians during patient consultations typically contain highly non-canonical language. Shallow syntactic analysis of free text notes can help to reveal valuable information for the study of disease and treatment. We present an exploratory study into chunking such text using off-the-shelf language processing tools and pre-trained statistical models. We evaluate chunking accuracy with respect to part-of-speech tagging quality, choice of chunk representation, and breadth of context features. Our results indicate that narrow context feature windows give the best results, but that chunk representation and minor differences in tagging quality do not have a significant impact on chunking accuracy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: John Carroll
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 08:36
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 08:36

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