23 July 2014
Information processing and knowledge management are important workspaces of the DPM research area. Sentiment Analysis of clinical texts is one part of it and the specialty of Yihan Deng. The computer scientist reported about the current research results of this rather unusual method of information retrieval in the medical field at this year’s International ACM SIGIR Conference in Gold Coast (Australia). Among the participants was also DPM junior research group leader Dr. Kerstin Denecke, who is involved in the investigations just like the physician Matthäus Stöhr. The scientists prove that medical records are far away from being objective data sets. They rather include important observations and assessments of the clinical staff about the current health situation of the patients. This allows deducing indications for further therapeutic measures. The sentiment analysis can thus provide important information for the digital patient model which otherwise would remain hidden in the patient records.
The conference – organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) – is one of the most important events on the topic of “Information Retrieval”. Here, scientists come together who are concerned with the recognition, organization, storage, retrieval and distribution of information in public and private sectors.