Text Mining the Biomedical Literature for Identification of Potential Virus/Bacterium as Bio-Terrorism Weapons

  • Xiaohua Hu
  • Xiaodan Zhang
  • Daniel Wu
  • Xiaohua Zhou
  • Peter Rumm
Part of the Integrated Series In Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 18)

There are some viruses and bacteria that have been identified as bioterrorism weapons. However, there are a lot other viruses and bacteria that can be potential bioterrorism weapons. A system that can automatically suggest potential bioterrorism weapons will help laypeople to discover these suspicious viruses and bacteria. In this paper we apply instance-based learning & text mining approach to identify candidate viruses and bacteria as potential bio-terrorism weapons from biomedical literature. We first take text mining approach to identify topical terms of existed viruses (bacteria) from PubMed separately. Then, we apply a text mining method bridge these terms as instances with the remaining viruses (bacteria) and thus to discover how much these terms describe the remaining viruses (bacteria). In the end, we build an algorithm to rank all remaining viruses (bacteria). We suspect that the higher the ranking of the virus (bacterium) is, the more suspicious they will be potential bio-terrorism weapon. Our findings are intended as a guide to the virus and bacterium literature to support further studies that might then lead to appropriate defense and public health measures.


MeSH Term Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome Biomedical Literature Hepatitis Delta Virus Rift Valley Fever 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaohua Hu
    • 1
  • Xiaodan Zhang
    • 1
  • Daniel Wu
    • 1
  • Xiaohua Zhou
    • 1
  • Peter Rumm
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.School of Public HealthDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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