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Assessing the performance of American chief complaint classifiers on Victorian syndromic surveillance data

B Ofoghi, K Verspoor, K Barbuto, L Schaper, K Verspoor

CEUR Workshop Proceedings | CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Published : 2015

Abstract

Syndromic surveillance systems aim to support early detection of salient disease outbreaks, and to shed timely light on the size and spread of pandemic outbreaks. They can also be used more generally to monitor disease trends and provide reassurance that an outbreak has not occurred. One commonly used technique for syndromic surveillance is concerned with classifying Emergency Department data, such as chief complaints or triage notes, into a set of pre-defined syndromic groups. This paper reports our findings on the investigation of the utility and effectiveness of two existing North American methods for free-text chief complaint classification on a large data set of Australian Emergency Dep..

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