Is Concept Mapping Useful for Biomedical Information Retrieval?

  • Wei Shen
  • Jian-Yun NieEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9283)


Concepts have been extensively used in biomedical information retrieval (BIR); but the experimental results have often showed limited or no improvement compared to a traditional bag-of-words method. In this paper, we analyze the problems in concept mapping, and show how they can affect the results of BIR. This suggests a flexible utilization of the identified concepts.


Biomedical information retrieval Concept MetaMap UMLS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DIROUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada

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