An knowledge-based approach to multi-document text summarisation for automated meta-analysis of the scientific literature [ 2006 - 2008 ]

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Researchers Prof EW Coiera; A/Prof JI Westbrook

Brief description The biomedical sciences produce literature at an exponential rate, and the size of this knowledge base far exceeds the capacity of humans to keep up with the growth in new knowledge. This project will develop computational text summarisation methods to abstract the content of scientific journal articles reporting clinical trials, and develop multi-document summarisation methods to synthesise these abstracts using automated statistical meta-analysis methods. These methods have broad potential to improve text-summarisation technologies in general, to profoundly enhance our ability to integrate published knowledge, and to make a highly significant and specific contribution to improving the quality of evidence used in health decision-making.

Funding Amount $336,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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