Semantic Similarity

When: Tuesday, 2013-Jan-29, 11h30-12h00
Where: FCUL-DI, room C6.3.38
Presenter: João Ferreira

Semantic similarity is a technique that allows the comparison of arbitrary concepts, provided they are formally encoded in a machine-readable format. It allows the comparison of terms like “leg”, “arm”, “heart” etc. We can explore this technique to provide biomedical (and other!) researchers with powerful tools. For example, this gives doctors the ability to fetch from a database cases that are similar to the one of the patient right in front of him. With the help of the audience, I will try to present some ways of doing similarity in the biomedical context.

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