Volume 9, Issue 3, 2019

By | April 18, 2019

Fatima T. Al-Khawaldeh
Department of Computer Science, University of York, York, United Kingdom.

Citation: Fatima T. Al-Khawaldeh, “Speculation and Negation Detection for Arabic Biomedical Texts”, The World of Computer Science and Information Technology Journal (WSCIT). 2019 Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.12.16.

Abstract—There are many reasons behind research on speculation and negation: there is a lot of irrelevant (nonfactual) information, and a huge changing with new discovering information may strengthen or weaken previous knowledge. Speculation and negation values are considered as one of the main factors which play an essential role to predict the factuality of event or sentence. Negation reverses the truth of a statement to give the opposition and speculation increase or decreases the uncertainty of statement. Recently, Deep Neural Networks (DNN) have proven better performance to distinguish factual from nonfactual information. Most previous approaches have been dedicated to the English language. To our knowledge, there is no previous developed research to identify the negative or speculative expression for biomedical texts in the Arabic language. This research will develop DNN-based Speculation and negation detection models that able to check claims (negated or speculated sentences) by considering syntactic paths between speculation or negation cues and the remaining words (candidates) in biomedical texts, using Stanford dependency parser. In this paper, the implemented models are evaluated based on the BIOARABIC corpus. Experiments on BIOARABIC corpus show that DNN models achieve a competitive performance and the Attention based Bidirectional Long Short-Term Memory model achieves the best F-scores of 73.55.

Keywords-Arabic NLP; negation; speculation; biomedical (medical and biological); factuality.

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