Journal article

Word sense disambiguation for event trigger word detection in biomedicine

D Martinez, T Baldwin

BMC Bioinformatics | Published : 2011


This paper describes a method for detecting event trigger words in biomedical text based on a word sense disambiguation (WSD) approach. We first investigate the applicability of existing WSD techniques to trigger word disambiguation in the BioNLP 2009 shared task data, and find that we are able to outperform a traditional CRF-based approach for certain word types. On the basis of this finding, we combine the WSD approach with the CRF, and obtain significant improvements over the standalone CRF, gaining particularly in recall. © 2011 Martinez and Baldwin; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


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