Ontology-Based Spelling Correction for Searching Medical Information

Ontology-Based Spelling Correction for Searching Medical Information

Jane Moon (Monash University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-050-9.ch170
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Abstract

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.

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