XML-based NLP Tools for Analysing and Annotating Medical Language

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We describe the use of a suite of highly flexible XML-based NLP tools in a project for processing and interpreting text in the medical domain. The main aim of the paper is to demonstrate the central role that XML mark-up and XML NLP tools have played in the analysis process and to describe the resultant annotated corpus of MEDLINE abstracts. In addition to the XML tools, we have succeeded in integrating a variety of non-XML 'off the shelf' NLP tools into our pipelines, so that their output is added into the mark-up. We demonstrate the utility of the annotations that result in two ways. First, we investigate how they can be used to improve parse coverage of a hand-crafted grammar that generates logical forms. And second, we investigate how they contribute to automatic lexical semantic acquisition processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Workshop on NLP and XML - Volume 17
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameNLPXML '02
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics


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