Journal Article

Building a high-quality sense inventory for improved abbreviation disambiguation

Naoaki Okazaki, Sophia Ananiadou and Jun'ichi Tsujii

in Bioinformatics

Volume 26, issue 9, pages 1246-1253
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btq129

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Motivation: The ultimate goal of abbreviation management is to disambiguate every occurrence of an abbreviation into its expanded form (concept or sense). To collect expanded forms for abbreviations, previous studies have recognized abbreviations and their expanded forms in parenthetical expressions of bio-medical texts. However, expanded forms extracted by abbreviation recognition are mixtures of concepts/senses and their term variations. Consequently, a list of expanded forms should be structured into a sense inventory, which provides possible concepts or senses for abbreviation disambiguation.

Results: A sense inventory is a key to robust management of abbreviations. Therefore, we present a supervised approach for clustering expanded forms. The experimental result reports 0.915 F1 score in clustering expanded forms. We then investigate the possibility of conflicts of protein and gene names with abbreviations. Finally, an experiment of abbreviation disambiguation on the sense inventory yielded 0.984 accuracy and 0.986 F1 score using the dataset obtained from MEDLINE abstracts.

Availability: The sense inventory and disambiguator of abbreviations are accessible at http://www.nactem.ac.uk/software/acromine/ and http://www.nactem.ac.uk/software/acromine_disambiguation/

Contact: okazaki@chokkan.org

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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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