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Deep Semantic Analytics

Our experience on Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) identification at TAC2017

MeaningCloud and LaBDA research group were present at the TAC 2017 conference held on November 13th – 14th at NIST headquarters in Washington. In the Text Analysis Conferences, research groups from all over the world were invited to develop software systems to tackle text analytics-related problems. This year, one task was devoted to the automatic identification of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) appearing in drug labels, including features defining the ADR, such as its severity or if it is characteristic of a drug class instead of just a given drug. There has been a specific subtask to link the identified ADRs with their corresponding MedDRA codes and lexical terms. More than 10 research teams have taken part in the project, all of them applying some kind of deep learning approach to the problem. Results show that it is possible to reach 85% accuracy when identifying ADRs.

We were delighted to present our text analytics-based system for ADRs identification on drug labels, which combines natural language processing and machine learning algorithms. The system has been built as a joint effort between MeaningCloud and LaBDA research group at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Identifying ADRs is a basic task for pharmacovigilance, and that is the reason why the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is involved in the funding and definition of the ADRs identification tasks in the framework of the Text Analysis Conferences. We have learned a lot these days (e.g., a BiLSTM deep neural network is the best choice for the purpose), and shared pleasant moments with our colleagues at Washington. We hope to be able to attend next year’s edition, which will focus on the extraction of drug-drug interactions (DDI), another interesting task aimed at detecting situations where the use of a combination of drugs may lead to an adverse effect.


Recorded webinar: Why You Need Deep Semantic Analytics

Last July 13th we delivered our webinar “Why You Need Deep Semantic Analytics”, where we explained how to achieve a deep, automatic understanding of complex documents. Thank you all for your interest.

During the session we covered these items:

  • Automatic understanding of unstructured documents.
  • What is Deep Semantic Analytics? Comparison with conventional text analytics.
  • Where it can be applied.
  • Case study: due diligence process.
  • Ideal features of a Deep Semantic Analytics solution.
  • MeaningCloud Roadmap in Deep Semantic Analytics.

IMPORTANT: you can find a more literary explanation of some of the items we covered, including the due diligence practical case, in this article.

Interested? Here you have the presentation and the recording of the webinar.

(También presentamos este webinar en español. Tenéis la grabación aquí.)
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Deep Semantic Analytics: A Case Study

Scenarios that can benefit from unstructured content analysis are becoming more and more frequent: from industry or company news to processing contracts or medical records. However, as we know, this content does not lend itself to automatic analysis.

Text analytics has come to meet this need, providing powerful tools that allow us to discover topics, mentions, polarity, etc. in free-form text. This ability has made it possible to achieve an initial level of automatic understanding and analysis of unstructured documents, which has empowered a generation of context-sensitive semantic applications in areas such as Voice of the Customer analysis or knowledge management.

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Why you need Deep Semantic Analytics (webinar)

Achieve a deep, automated understanding of complex documents

Conventional Text Analytics enable a first level of automatic understanding of unstructured content, achieved through its ability to extract mentions of entities and concepts, assign general categories or identify the polarity of opinions and facts that appear in the text. However, these isolated information elements do not reflect the wealth of information provided by these documents and impose limitations when it comes to finding, relating or analyzing them automatically.

Deep Semantic Analytics represents a step beyond conventional text analytics by providing features such as snippet-level granular categorization, detection of complex patterns, and extraction of semantic relationships between information elements in the document.

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