Figure mining for biomedical research

Bioinformatics. 2009 Aug 15;25(16):2082-4. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp318. Epub 2009 May 13.


Motivation: Figures from biomedical articles contain valuable information difficult to reach without specialized tools. Currently, there is no search engine that can retrieve specific figure types.

Results: This study describes a retrieval method that takes advantage of principles in image understanding, text mining and optical character recognition (OCR) to retrieve figure types defined conceptually. A search engine was developed to retrieve tables and figure types to aid computational and experimental research.


MeSH terms

  • Abstracting and Indexing / methods
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Data Mining / methods*
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated / methods