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Automatic extraction of microorganisms and their habitats from free text using text mining workflows
Kolluru, BalaKrishna ; Nakjang, Sirintra ; Hirt, Robert P. ; Wipat, Anil ; Ananiadou, Sophia
Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics - JIB (ISSN 1613-4516)
In this paper we illustrate the usage of text mining workflows to automatically extract instances of microorganisms and their habitats from free text; these entries can then be curated and added to different databases. To this end, we use a Conditional Random Field (CRF) based classifier, as part of the workflows, to extract the mention of microorganisms, habitats and the inter-relation between organisms and their habitats. Results indicate a good performance for extraction of microorganisms and the relation extraction aspects of the task (with a precision of over 80%), while habitat recognition is only moderate (a precision of about 65%). We also conjecture that pdf-to-text conversion can be quite noisy and this implicitly affects any sentence-based relation extraction algorithms.
||Faculty of Technology, Research Groups in Informatics
||Data processing, computer science, computer systems