Combining Semantic and Lexical Measures to Evaluate Medical Terms Similarity

  • Silvio Domingos CardosoEmail author
  • Marcos Da Silveira
  • Ying-Chi Lin
  • Victor Christen
  • Erhard Rahm
  • Chantal Reynaud-Delaître
  • Cédric Pruski
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11371)


The use of similarity measures in various domains is cornerstone for different tasks ranging from ontology alignment to information retrieval. To this end, existing metrics can be classified into several categories among which lexical and semantic families of similarity measures predominate but have rarely been combined to complete the aforementioned tasks. In this paper, we propose an original approach combining lexical and ontology-based semantic similarity measures to improve the evaluation of terms relatedness. We validate our approach through a set of experiments based on a corpus of reference constructed by domain experts of the medical field and further evaluate the impact of ontology evolution on the used semantic similarity measures.


Similarity measures Ontology evolution Semantic Web Medical terminologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvio Domingos Cardoso
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marcos Da Silveira
    • 1
  • Ying-Chi Lin
    • 3
  • Victor Christen
    • 3
  • Erhard Rahm
    • 3
  • Chantal Reynaud-Delaître
    • 2
  • Cédric Pruski
    • 1
  1. 1.LIST, Luxembourg Institute of Science and TechnologyEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg
  2. 2.LRI, University of Paris-Sud XIGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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