Unlocking Medical Ontologies for Non-Ontology Experts.

Liang, Shao Fen, Scott, Donia, Stevens, Robert and Rector, Alan (2011) Unlocking Medical Ontologies for Non-Ontology Experts. In: 10th Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing , (BioNLP-2011), Portland, Oregon..

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Ontology authoring is a specialised task requiring amongst other things a deep knowledge of the ontology language being used. Understanding and reusing ontologies can thus be difficult for domain experts, who tend not to be ontology
experts. To address this problem, we have developed a Natural Language Generation system for transforming the axioms that form the definitions of ontology classes into Natural Language paragraphs. Our method relies on deploying ontology axioms into a top-level Rhetorical Structure Theory schema. Axioms are ordered and structured with specific rhetorical relations under rhetorical structure trees. We describe here an implementation that focuses on a sub-module of SNOMED CT. With some refinements on articles and layout, the resulting paragraphs are fluent and coherent, offering a way for subject specialists to understand an ontology’s content without need to understand its logical representation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Donia Scott
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:10
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 15:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24423
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