Tuesday, November 06, 2012

MIT algorithm designed to clear up confusion in healthcare NLP

If you want to understand why a Medical App isn’t like your Accounting App.  Don’t hold your breath for this to be easily cleared up.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working on algorithms to better distinguish the meaning of words that might be used in multiple ways--a common occurrence in healthcare, reports MIT News.

Since so much data is buried in physician notes, for instance, the implications for advancing natural language processing are huge. The problem lies in "word-sense disambiguation"--determining, for example, whether  "discharge" refers to a bodily secretion or release from a hospital.

The researchers, from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, will present their new system next week at the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium in Chicago.

MIT algorithm designed to clear up confusion in healthcare NLP - FierceHealthIT

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