Semi-automated Classification of Medical Phrases, using a Personal Computer

  • Rudolf-Josef Fischer
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


In a basic documentation for the Childrens’ Hospital of the University of Münster medical phrases to be coded are mapped on a subset of items of a thesaurus. The most similar items are then presented to the encoding person to decide which item, if any, is semantically equivalent to the new medical phrase. New phrases lead to an insert of the new item and its code into the thesaurus. The mapping algorithm is based on formal criteria (common substrings), allowing spelling errors and various wordings. It is independent of the thesaurus and may thus be applied to other thesauri and code tables. The generation of needed help files is easy and fast to perform.


Solution Concept Word Form Classification Code Common Substrings Spelling Error 
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

  • Rudolf-Josef Fischer
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  1. 1.Institut für Medizinische Informatik und Biomathematikder Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität MünsterMünsterGermany

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