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Taming MEDLINE With Concept Spaces

Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1785
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1785

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With the help of one of the largest computations ever, an information scientist has come up with a scheme for bridging the vocabulary differences across disciplines in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's vast online collection of biomedical papers and abstracts. The system suggests alternative key words to enable users to track papers related to the same concept in different disciplines. Early demonstrations of the system ( have gone over well with physicians.