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Lynch KE, Alba P, Viernes B, DuVall SL. Using Enriched Samples for Semi-Automated Vocabulary Expansion to Identify Rare Events in Clinical Text: Sexual Orientation as a Use Case. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2019 Aug 21; 264:1532-1533.
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Abstract: We demonstrate the utility of concept lexicon expansion and evaluation using enriched samples of patients and documents with sexual orientation as a use case for rare event detection in electronic medical records. Using this approach, we found 7 additional words and 21 misspellings beyond our initial set of five seed words. We can use the expanded vocabulary to further develop a full natural language processing system to identify instances where sexual orientation is documented.

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