"Bag of words" is not enough for strength of evidence classification

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;2005:1031.


Incorporation of evidence from clinical research requires critical appraisal of its quality. Information retrieval systems can facilitate clinicians' judgments by automatically labeling retrieved citations with their strength of evidence categories. Preliminary results of such a text classification experiment involving MEDLINE citations show that a "bag of words" approach is insufficient for accurate classification.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / classification*
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval