A structural partition of the Unified Medical Language System's Semantic Network

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The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) integrates many well established biomedical terminologies. The UMLS's Semantic Network (SN) can help orient users to the vast knowledge content of the Metathesaurus via its abstract conceptual view. However, the SN itself is large and complex and may still be difficult to comprehend. Our technique partitions the SN into even higher-level abstract entities which are amenable to display on limited-sized computer screens. The basis for the partitioning is the distribution of the relationships within the SN. The results of applying our technique to the UMLS are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE/EMBS Region 8 International Conference on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine, ITAB
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
EventITAB-ITIS 2000 - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2000Nov 10 2000


OtherITAB-ITIS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington, VA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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