Combining hidden Markov models and latent semantic analysis for topic segmentation and labeling

Method and clinical application

Filip Ginter, Hanna Suominen, Sampo Pyysalo, Tapio I. Salakoski

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Motivation: Topic segmentation and labeling systems enable fine-grained information search. However, previously proposed methods require annotated data to adapt to different information needs and have limited applicability to texts with short segment length. Methods: We introduce an unsupervised method based on a combination of hidden Markov models and latent semantic analysis which allows the topics of interest to be defined freely, without the need for data annotation, and can identify short segments. Results: The method is evaluated on intensive care nursing narratives and motivated by information needs in this domain. The method is shown to considerably outperform a keyword-based heuristic baseline and to achieve a level of performance comparable to that of a related supervised method trained on 3600 manually annotated words.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


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