An effective general purpose approach for automated biomedical document classification.

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Automated document classification can be a valuable tool for biomedical tasks that involve large amounts of text. However, in biomedicine, documents that have the desired properties are often rare, and special methods are usually required to address this issue. We propose and evaluate a method of classifying biomedical text documents, optimizing for utility when misclassification costs are highly asymmetric between the positive and negative classes. The method uses chi-square feature selection and several iterations of cost proportionate rejection sampling followed by application of a support vector machine (SVM), combining the resulting classifier results with voting. It is straightforward, fast, and achieves competitive performance on a set of standardized biomedical text classification evaluation tasks. The method is a good general purpose approach for classifying biomedical text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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