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From "Miller, Timothy" <Timothy.Mil...@childrens.harvard.edu>
Subject RE: question about sentence segmentation
Date Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:04:10 GMT
> My preference is to treat the list row number as outside of the sentence of
interest. Or if it is necessary to be included in a sentence, have it be a sentence
on its own.

I can get behind this, I think it makes the issue a bit cleaner, to either have the list header
as non-sentential or it's own sentence. As far as I can tell, this is not the current default
behavior. At least in my runs the list header seems to get attached to the first following
sentence, even in cases where it starts with a digit and a period ("3. Magnesium oxide 400
mg p.o. daily." is all one sentence).
This behavior is probably strongly dependent on the annotations we give the sentence detector
so as I'm prepping new training data I should have a default in mind.

Does anyone have any objections to changing the sentence detector behavior to break list headers
(things like "3." or "A " or "#5") as their own sentence?


From: Britt Fitch [britt.fitch@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:29 AM
To: dev@ctakes.apache.org
Subject: Re: question about sentence segmentation

My preference is to treat the list row number as outside of the sentence of
Or if it is necessary to be included in a sentence, have it be a sentence
on its own.
That won't be as straightforward as splitting on a period in cases
like "2. Magnesium
oxide 400 mg p.o. daily."
In cases where there are more than 1 written sentence like your example in
the original email, I'd prefer those were each a sentence rather than
making the entire list line a single sentence.
My feeling is that each line without terminating punctuation would be a
single sentence and would exclude the list number.

As an aside, I have encountered several issues with numbered lists being
interpreted differently depending on
1. what number is included at the start
for example: "2. Magnesium oxide 400 mg p.o. daily." vs "12. Magnesium
oxide 400 mg p.o. daily." (This appears to be a chunking issue where the
line starting with "12. Magnesium" is identified as starting with chunks [O,
O, B-NP, B-NP, I-NP, B-NP, B-ADVP, O] even though the parts of speech
appear to be correct)
2. whether there is a period at the end of a list
for example: "4. CHF" vs "4. CHF." (This appears to be an issue with the
chunker though which produces [O,O] in the first case and [B-VP, B-NP, O]
in the second.



On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM, Miller, Timothy <
Timothy.Miller@childrens.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Just curious about an edge case regarding headers/lists and wondering what
> people think the correct behavior and annotation are.
> In cases like this:
> #1 Dilated esophagus.
> #2 Adenocarcinoma
> my intuition is that each whole line is one sentence. But then there are
> cases where the number may be followed by multiple sentences on one line.
> 1. EGD as a complex procedure. If there is an abnormality, obtain biopsies.
> For this example my intuition is not as clear. Should there be a break
> after the "1." or should the first sentence be "1. EGD as a complex
> procedure."? Again, my intuition leans towards the latter but it seems a
> bit odd since the "1." kind of distributes over all the following sentences
> (i.e. it's like a paragraph descriptor.)
> Does the period after the 1 matter? The number of sentences after the list
> header? The fact that it's all on one line? Anything else?
> Tim

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