Medical Concept systems, lexicons and Natural Language Generation

  • Judith C. Wagner
  • Christian Lovis
  • Robert H. Baud
  • Jean-Raoul Scherrer
Natural Language and Terminology
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1211)


Natural Language Generation (NLG) and Medical Concept Representation can function to mutual benefit. NLG tools need a concept representation system for their semantics, whilst compositional and language independent Medical Concept Representation systems need NLG of readable expressions for composed concepts. To meet these needs, the roles of both sides and their links must be clearly defined. In particular, a clear distinction between concepts, terms and lexical items is necessary. The benefits of linking multilingual lexicons with a concept system are described, together with an architecture designed to integrate NLG within a set of terminological services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith C. Wagner
    • 1
  • Christian Lovis
    • 1
  • Robert H. Baud
    • 1
  • Jean-Raoul Scherrer
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Informatics DepartmentUniversity Hospital of GenevaSwitzerland

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