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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:1027.

Clinically-weighted terms in the evaluation of MeSH translations: BabelMeSH in Portuguese as a model.

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National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, USA.


We propose a new method of evaluating the accuracy of machine translation by clinical weighting. Weight is determined by its importance in the clinical diagnosis. A new algorithm was developed based on clinical term weighting. We compared simple word alignment, clinical weighting algorithm and human review by translation efficiency. The results were 65%, 86% and 90% respectively. This method encourages a quantitative evaluation of translation accuracy and facilitates automation. Clinical weighting promotes better evaluation.

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