Steven Bedrick

Automatic Indexing of Journal Abstracts with Latent Semantic Analysis

Joel Robert Adams, Steven Bedrick
Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction, Jan 2015


The BioASQ ``Task on Large-Scale Online Biomedical Semantic Indexing'' charges participants with assigning semantic tags to biomedical journal abstracts. We present a system that takes as input a biomedical abstract and uses latent semantic analysis to identify similar documents in the MEDLINE database. The system then uses a novel ranking scheme to select a list of MeSH tags from candidates drawn from the most similar documents. Our approach achieved better than baseline performance in both precision and recall. We suggest several possible strategies to improve the system's performance.

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