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The Role of Definitions in Biomedical Concept Representation

Michael, J. and Mejino, Jose L V and Rosse, Cornelius (2001) The Role of Definitions in Biomedical Concept Representation. In Proceedings, American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, pages pp. 463-467.

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The Foundational Model (FM) of anatomy, developed as an anatomical enhancement of UMLS, classifies anatomical entities in a structural context. Explicit definitions have played a critical role in the establishment of FM classes. Essential structural properties that distinguish a group of anatomical entities serve as the differentiae for defining classes. These, as well as other structural attributes, are introduced as template slots in Protege, a frame-based knowledge acquisition system, and are inherited by descendants of the class. A set of desiderata has evolved during the instantiation of the FM for formulating definitions. We contend that 1. these desiderata generalize to non-anatomical domains and 2. satisfying them in constituent vocabularies of UMLS would enhance the quality of information retrievable through UMLS.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Projects:Foundational Model of Anatomy
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:148
Deposited By:Hinshaw, Kevin
Deposited On:03 November 2003