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RE: SenseLab note: some updates

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 19:32:06 -0400
Message-ID: <DBA3C02EAD0DC14BBB667C345EE2D1240294840C@PHSXMB20.partners.org>
To: "Nigam Shah" <nigam@stanford.edu>, "Kei Cheung" <kei.cheung@yale.edu>
Cc: "Alan Ruttenberg" <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, "Matthias Samwald" <samwald@gmx.at>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

> Why can't we let the doctor just type "left femur fracture" and
> decompose this into fracture (site = femur, laterality = left). There
> is a lot of debate on pre vs post co-ordination but very little work
> to actually bridge the two paradigms... either at acquisition time or
> post-hoc (such as that for mouse phenotypes).

There are two issues here:
1. Need to do NLP/UMLS/MetaMap to identify concepts, lateralities and sites
2. Need to identify an appropriate parsing -- there might be multiple
3. Need to map into an appropriate pre-coordinated expression... This is where
OWL comes in...
4. Requires an underlying ontology, e.g., disease, laterality, site, etc.

As you can see it's not an easy problem :-)

---Vipul

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