AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Methodology for Classifying and Indexing Case-Based Reasoning Systems in the Health Sciences
Isabelle Bichindaritz, John C. Reed, Jr.

Last modified: 2009-04-01


As the amount of information available to researchers grows at an increasing rate, it becomes much more difficult to find relevant resources. An approach taken by several authoritative bodies, such as the Association for Computing Machinery and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is the introduction of a classification scheme. However, even the most modern schemes are not capable of adequately distinguishing one research paper from another, due mainly to their broad generality. This paper describes a methodology for building a much narrower, specialized classification scheme focused on the area of Cased-Based Reasoning in the Health Sciences. It is derived from thorough analysis of the field, but with a framework that can be adapted to other areas. Using a tiered approach to further subdivide systems into more specific classes according to criteria specific to this particular field, this classification scheme affords interdisciplinary search, which is generally left out of generic indexing systems. This paper presents the resulting classification scheme and showcases its usefulness for classifying and tracking the evolution of research.


case-based reasoning; health sciences; health informatics; indexing

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