Paper: Medical WordNet: A New Methodology For The Construction And Validation Of Information Resources For Consumer Health

ACL ID C04-1054
Title Medical WordNet: A New Methodology For The Construction And Validation Of Information Resources For Consumer Health
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2004
Authors

A consumer health information system must be able to comprehend both expert and non- expert medical vocabulary and to map between the two. We describe an ongoing project to create a new lexical database called Medical WordNet (MWN), consisting of medically relevant terms used by and intel- ligible to non-expert subjects and supple- mented by a corpus of natural-language sentences that is designed to provide medically validated contexts for MWN terms. The corpus derives primarily from online health information sources targeted to consumers, and involves two sub-corpora, called Medical FactNet (MFN) and Medical BeliefNet (MBN), respectively. The former consists of statements accredited as true on the basis of a rigorous process of validation, the latter of statements which non-experts believ...