Ontology-based spelling correction for searching medical information

Jane Moon, Frada Burstein

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    There has been a paradigm shift in medical practice. More and more consumers are using the Internet as a source for medical information even before seeing a doctor. The well known fact is that medical terms are often hard to spell. Despite advances in technology, the Internet is still producing futile searches when the search terms are misspelled. Often consumers are frustrated with irrelevant information they retrieve as a result of misspelling. An ontology-based search is one way of assisting users in correcting their spelling errors when searching for medical information. This chapter reviews the types of spelling errors that adults make and identifies current technology available to overcome the problem.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSemantic Web Technologies and E-Business
    Subtitle of host publicationToward the Integrated Virtual Organization and Business Process Automation
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Print)9781599041926
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

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