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Complex Event Extraction at PubMed Scale

Jari Björne, Finter Ginter, Sampo Pyysalo, Jun'ichi Tsujii, Tapio Salakoski, Complex Event Extraction at PubMed Scale . Bioinformatics (ISMB'2010 proceedings volume) 26, 382-390, 2010.


Motivation: There has recently been a notable shift in biomedical information extraction (IE) from relation models toward the more expressive event model, facilitated by the maturation of basic tools for biomedical text analysis and the availability of manually annotated resources. The event model allows detailed representation of complex natural language statements and can support a number of advanced text mining applications ranging from semantic search to pathway extraction. A recent collaborative evaluation demonstrated the potential of event extraction systems, yet there have so far been no studies of the generalization ability of the systems nor the feasibility of large-scale extraction.

Results: This study considers event-based IE at PubMed scale. We introduce a system combining publicly available, state-of-the-art methods for domain parsing, named entity recognition and event extraction, and test the system on a representative 1% sample of all PubMed citations. We present the first evaluation of the generalization performance of event extraction systems to this scale and show that despite its computational complexity, event extraction from the entire PubMed is feasible. We further illustrate the value of the extraction approach through a number of analyses of the extracted information.

Availability: The event detection system and extracted data are open source licensed and available at http://bionlp.utu.fi/.

Contact: jari.bjorne@utu.fi

BibTeX entry:

  title = {Complex Event Extraction at PubMed Scale },
  author = {Björne, Jari and Ginter, Finter and Pyysalo, Sampo and Tsujii, Jun'ichi and Salakoski, Tapio},
  journal = {Bioinformatics (ISMB'2010 proceedings volume)},
  volume = {26},
  pages = {382-390},
  year = {2010},

Belongs to TUCS Research Unit(s): Turku BioNLP Group

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