Identifying Condition-Action Sentences Using a Heuristic-Based Information Extraction Method

  • Reinhardt Wenzina
  • Katharina Kaiser
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8268)


Translating clinical practice guidelines into a computer-interpretable format is a challenging and laborious task. In this project we focus on supporting the early steps of the modeling process by automatically identifying conditional activities in guideline documents in order to model them automatically in further consequence. Therefore, we developed a rule-based, heuristic method that combines domain-independent information extraction rules and semantic pattern rules. The classification also uses a weighting coefficient to verify the relevance of the sentence in the context of other information aspects, such as effects, intentions, etc. Our evaluation results show that even with a small set of training data, we achieved a recall of 75 % and a precision of 88 %. This outcome shows that this method supports the modeling task and eases the translation of CPGs into a semi-formal model.


computer-interpretable clinical guidelines medical guideline formalization Many-Headed Bridge (MHB) UMLS Information Extraction (IE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhardt Wenzina
    • 1
  • Katharina Kaiser
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Software Technology and Interactive SystemsVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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