Automatically Detecting the Position and Type of Psychiatric Evaluation Report Sections Conference

Banisakher, DM, Rishe, N, Finlayson, MA. (2018). Automatically Detecting the Position and Type of Psychiatric Evaluation Report Sections . 101-110.

cited authors

  • Banisakher, DM; Rishe, N; Finlayson, MA


  • Psychiatric evaluation reports represent a rich and still mostly-untapped source of information for developing systems for automatic diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. These reports contain free-text structured within sections using a convention of headings. We present a model for automatically detecting the position and type of different psychiatric evaluation report sections. We developed this model using a corpus of 150 sample reports that we gathered from the Web, and used sentences as a processing unit while section headings were used as labels of section type. From these labels we generated a unified hierarchy of labels of section types, and then learned n-gram models of the language found in each section. To model conventions for section order, we integrated these n-gram models with a Hierarchical Hidden Markov Model (HHMM) representing the probabilities of observed section orders found in the corpus, and then used this HHMM n-gram model in a decoding framework to infer the most likely section boundaries and section types for documents with their section labels removed. We evaluated our model over two tasks, namely, identifying section boundaries and identifying section types and orders. Our model significantly outperformed baselines for each task with an F1 of 0.88 for identifying section types, and a 0.26 WindowDiff (Wd) and 0.20 and (Pk) scores, respectively, for identifying section boundaries.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9781948087742

start page

  • 101

end page

  • 110