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MaSTerClass: a case-based reasoning system for the classification of biomedical terms

Spasic, Irena, Ananiadou, Sophia and Tsujii, Jun-Ichi I. 2005. MaSTerClass: a case-based reasoning system for the classification of biomedical terms. Bioinformatics 21 (11) , pp. 2748-2758. 10.1093/bioinformatics/bti338

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MOTIVATION: The sheer volume of textually described biomedical knowledge exerts the need for natural language processing (NLP) applications in order to allow flexible and efficient access to relevant information. Specialised semantic networks (such as biomedical ontologies, terminologies or semantic lexicons) can significantly enhance these applications by supplying the necessary terminological information in a machine-readable form. Due to the explosive growth of bio-literature, new terms (representing newly identified concepts or variations of the existing terms) may not be explicitly described within the network and hence cannot be fully exploited by NLP applications. Linguistic and statistical clues can be used to extract many new terms from free text. The extracted terms still need to be correctly positioned relative to other terms in the network. Classification as a means of semantic typing represents the first step in updating a semantic network with new terms. RESULTS: The MASTERCLASS system implements the case-based reasoning methodology for the classification of biomedical terms. AVAILABILITY: MASTERCLASS is available at It is distributed under an open source licence for educational and research purposes. The software requires Java, JWDSP, Ant, MySQL and X-hive to be installed and licences obtained separately where needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bib; Bio; Cbr; Class; Nlp; Software; Spasic; Srb; Term; Tool
Publisher: Oxford University
ISSN: 1460-2059
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:56

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