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Date:4/18/2013

ty by 27 percent and novel data content by 100 percent. "It's a tremendous time-saving step," Davis explains. "With this we can allocate our resources much more effectively by having the team focus on the most informative papers."

There are always outliers in these types of experiments: occasions where the algorithm assigns a very high score to an article that a human biocurator quickly dismisses as irrelevant. The team that looked at those outliers was often able to see a pattern as to why the algorithm mistakenly identified a paper as important. "Now, we can go back and tweak the algorithm to account for this and fine-tune the system," Wiegers says.

"We're not at the point yet where a computer can read and extract all the relevant data on its own," Davis concludes, "but having this text-mining process to direct us toward the most informative articles is a huge first step."


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Contact: Matt Shipman
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