Question Recommendation in Medical Community-Based Question Answering

  • Hong Cai
  • Cuiting YanEmail author
  • Airu Yin
  • Xuesong Zhao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10638)


The medical community question answering system (MCQA) which is a new kind of medical information exchange platform is becoming more and more popular. Due to the number of patients is much more than the doctors, resulting in many patients can not get timely answers to their questions. Similar question recommendation is a common approach to solve this problem. The contributions of this paper are two-fold: (1) we propose a Siamese CNN model which measure correlation between questions and answers. (2) We first apply word2vec to learn the semantic relations between words and then construct a similar question retrieval model with answers. The study above can achieve a good performance in the real MCQA data set. It shows that our method can effectively extract similar questions recommendation list, shorten user’s time to wait for an answer and improve user experience as well.


Medical community question answering system Similar question retrieval Correlation between questions and answers Convolutional neural network 



This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China(No. U1633103), the Open Project Foundation of Information Technology Research Base of Civil Aviation Administration of China (No. CAAC-ITRB-201502).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Computer and Control EngineeringNankai UniversityTianjinChina

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