Developing an Arabic Infectious Disease Ontology to Include Non-Standard Terminology

Alsudias, Lama and Rayson, Paul (2020) Developing an Arabic Infectious Disease Ontology to Include Non-Standard Terminology. In: 12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation : LREC2020. European Language Resources Association (ELRA), FRA, pp. 4842-4850. ISBN 9791095546344

[thumbnail of LREC_2020_Paper__Developing_an_Arabic_Infectious_Ontology_]
Text (LREC_2020_Paper__Developing_an_Arabic_Infectious_Ontology_)
LREC_2020_Paper_Developing_an_Arabic_Infectious_Ontology_.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (417kB)
[thumbnail of 2020.lrec-1.596]
Text (2020.lrec-1.596)
2020.lrec_1.596.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial.

Download (461kB)


Building ontologies is a crucial part of the semantic web endeavour. In recent years, research interest has grown rapidly in supporting languages such as Arabic in NLP in general but there has been very little research on medical ontologies for Arabic. We present a new Arabic ontology in the infectious disease domain to support various important applications including the monitoring of infectious disease spread via social media. This ontology meaningfully integrates the scientific vocabularies of infectious diseases with their informal equivalents. We use ontology learning strategies with manual checking to build the ontology. We applied three statistical methods for term extraction from selected Arabic infectious diseases articles: TF-IDF, C-value, and YAKE. We also conducted a study, by consulting around 100 individuals, to discover the informal terms related to infectious diseases in Arabic. In future work, we will automatically extract the relations for infectious disease concepts but for now these are manually created. We report two complementary experiments to evaluate the ontology. First, a quantitative evaluation of the term extraction results and an additional qualitative evaluation by a domain expert.

Item Type:
Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
12 Mar 2020 10:05
Last Modified:
14 May 2024 02:52