BabelMeSH and PICO Linguist in Arabic

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6;944.


BabelMeSH is a multilanguage search for MEDLINE/PubMed. We created a database of Arabic translations of MeSH terms and other medical terms using MySQL and developed a Web interface for searching MEDLINE/PubMed in Arabic. We evaluated the accuracy of BabelMeSH using a list of medical terms from BMJ Clinical Evidence. The accuracy was 58% (machine scoring) and 65% human review.) The result obtained may be explained by variations in expressing medical terms in Arabic.

MeSH terms

  • Abstracting and Indexing / methods*
  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Dictionaries, Medical as Topic*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
  • Medical Subject Headings*
  • Middle East
  • Natural Language Processing*
  • PubMed*
  • Qatar
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Translating*
  • User-Computer Interface*