Topological Analysis of Large-scale Biomedical Terminology Structures Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Unified Medical Language System
  • Vocabulary, Controlled

abstract

  • While thought of as synthetic, grid-like structures, some controlled terminologies are structurally indistinguishable from natural language networks. This paradoxical result suggests that terminology structure is shaped not only by formal logic-based semantics, but by rules analogous to those that govern social networks and biological systems. Graph theoretic modeling shows early promise as a framework for describing terminology structure. Deeper understanding of these techniques may inform the development of scalable terminologies and ontologies.

publication date

  • November 2007

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2213477

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1197/jamia.M2080

PubMed ID

  • 17712094

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 788

end page

  • 97

volume

  • 14

number

  • 6