David Hardcastle


2008

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Automatic Rewriting of Patient Record Narratives
Catalina Hallett | David Hardcastle
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Patients require access to Electronic Patient Records, however medical language is often too difficult for patients to understand. Explaining records to patients is a time-consuming task, which we attempt to simplify by automating the translation procedure. This paper introduces a research project dealing with the automatic rewriting of medical narratives for the benefit of patients. We are looking at various ways in which technical language can be transposed into patient-friendly language by means of a comparison with patient information materials. The text rewriting procedure we describe could potentially have an impact on the quality of information delivered to patients. We report on some preliminary experiments concerning rewriting at lexical and paragaph level. This is an ongoing project which currently addresses a restricted number of issues, including target text modelling and text rewriting at lexical level.

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Can we Evaluate the Quality of Generated Text?
David Hardcastle | Donia Scott
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Evaluating the output of NLG systems is notoriously difficult, and performing assessments of text quality even more so. A range of automated and subject-based approaches to the evaluation of text quality have been taken, including comparison with a putative gold standard text, analysis of specific linguistic features of the output, expert review and task-based evaluation. In this paper we present the results of a variety of such approaches in the context of a case study application. We discuss the problems encountered in the implementation of each approach in the context of the literature, and propose that a test based on the Turing test for machine intelligence offers a way forward in the evaluation of the subjective notion of text quality.

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Fast, Scalable and Reliable Generation of Controlled Natural Language
David Hardcastle | Richard Power
Software Engineering, Testing, and Quality Assurance for Natural Language Processing

2007

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Exploring the Use of NLP in the Disclosure of Electronic Patient Records
David Hardcastle | Catalina Hallett
Biological, translational, and clinical language processing

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Cryptic Crossword Clues: Generating Text with a Hidden Meaning
David Hardcastle
Proceedings of the Eleventh European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG 07)

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Lexical Parameters, Based on Corpus Analysis of English and Swedish Cancer Data, of Relevance for NLG
Dimitrios Kokkinakis | Maria Toporowska Gronostaj | Catalina Hallett | David Hardcastle
Proceedings of the 16th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2007)