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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:933.

An automated surveillance and analysis tool for online STI/HIV behaviors.

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Department of Medical Education & Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicien, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


As part of a preliminary investigation, proof-of-concept software was developed to automatically retrieve, process, and classify online behaviors related to STI/HIV transmission. 300 online sexual solicitations were automatically collected, processed and characterized by the software using a shallow natural language processor. The results of the software analysis were compared with expert manual coding for agreement. The study demonstrated the feasibility of an automated online behavioral surveillance system.

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