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Using a Cellular Automaton to Extract Medical Information From Clinical Reports

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Executive Summary

An important amount of clinical data concerning the medical history of a patient is in the form of clinical reports that are written by doctors. The authors describe patients, their pathologies, their personal and medical histories, findings made during interviews or during procedures, and so forth. They represent a source of precious information that can be used in several applications such as research information to diagnose new patients, epidemiological studies, decision support, statistical analysis, and data mining. But this information is difficult to access, as it is often in unstructured text form.

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