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A Lexical Simplification Tool for Promoting Health Literacy

Zilio, Leonardo, Paraguassu, Liana Braga, Hercules, Luis Antonio Leiva, Ponomarekano, Gabriel L., Berwanger, Laura P. and Finatto, Maria Jose Bocorny (2020) A Lexical Simplification Tool for Promoting Health Literacy In: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020), 11-16 May 2020, Marseilles, France.

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This paper presents MedSimples, an authoring tool that combines Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics and Terminologyto help writers to convert health-related information into a more accessible version for people with low literacy skills. MedSimplesapplies parsing methods associated with lexical resources to automatically evaluate a text and present simplification suggestions thatare more suitable for the target audience. Using the suggestions provided by the tool, the author can adapt the original text and makeit more accessible. The focus of MedSimples lies on texts for special purposes, so that it not only deals with general vocabulary, butalso with specialized terms. The tool is currently under development, but an online working prototype exists and can be tested freely.An assessment of MedSimples was carried out aiming at evaluating its current performance with some promising results, especially forinforming the future developments that are planned for the tool.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Paraguassu, Liana Braga
Hercules, Luis Antonio Leiva
Ponomarekano, Gabriel L.
Berwanger, Laura P.
Finatto, Maria Jose Bocorny
Date : 16 May 2020
Funders : Expanding Excellence in England (E3), Google LARA Award 2019, PIBIC-PROPESQ-UFRGS, CNPq, CAPES
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Copyright Disclaimer : © European Language Resources Association (ELRA), licensed under CC-BY-NC
Uncontrolled Keywords : Healthcare, Health Literacy, Lexical Simplification, Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics, Terminology
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 08 Jul 2020 09:55
Last Modified : 08 Jul 2020 09:55

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