Categorization by reference: a novel approach to MeSH term assignment

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Kouramajian, Vram
Devadhar, Vijayanth
Fowler, Jerry
Maram, Srinivas

Proceedings / the ... Annual Symposium on Computer Application [sic] in Medical Care. Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care. 1995 : 878-82.


Categorization by Reference is a novel text classification technique that examines the existing classifications of the citations found in an as-yet unclassified text to determine what terms should be assigned to that text. The existence of the Medical Subject Headings and MEDLINE make the biomedical domain a prime candidate for application of this technique. We describe our approach and implementation of a prototype, presenting some results of our initial tests. We further discuss refinements that could improve the precision of the technique, and describe its possible use in categorizing portions of the World-Wide Web.

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