Conceptual modeling for the unified medical language system

Charles E. Barr, Henryk Jan Komorowski, Edward Pattison-Gordon, Robert A. Greenes

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Abstract

Various issues and difficulties in building a prototype semantic network for representing a metathesaurus of concepts for the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) are identified. The use of several methods to overcome these difficulties is explored. The best approach appears to be a combination of the top-down and bottom-up methods. The bottom-up approach is useful for exploring the information in a given domain, and for testing the robustness of the representation by attempting to fit instances of concepts into their corresponding generic frames. However, when used alone this approach tends to get bogged down with detail. The top-down approach of conceptual modeling is useful because it helps maintain consistency, and keeps the entire semantic network in perspective by hiding detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
EditorsRobert A. Greenes
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages148-151
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0818608811
StatePublished - Nov 1 1988
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings - Twelfth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Nov 6 1988Nov 9 1988

Publication series

NameProceedings - Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
ISSN (Print)0195-4210

Other

OtherProceedings - Twelfth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
CityWashington, DC, USA
Period11/6/8811/9/88

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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