“(a) A sagittal reconstruction of a coronally acquired magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, at the level on which the cingulate gyrus was measured. The area outlined represents the portion of the scan used to orient the operator to the landmarks of the cingulate. A box has been placed over the region of interest in one hemisphere. (b) A diagram of the cingulate gyrus divided into the rostral portion of the anterior cingulate (RAC), the caudal portion of the interior cingulate (CAC), and the posterior cingulate (PC). Adjoining landmarks include the corpus callosum (CC), the lateral ventricle (Lat. Vent.), and the thalamus (Thal.). (c) The region of the cingulate gyrus measured in the present study, as delineated on the MRI scan of a control subject. […] ” (snippet)
As I blogged previously, I am working on measuring the performance of my keyword extraction algorithms. The confusion matrix approach I have implemented is quite ‘harsh’. It ignores any semantic information and simply treats the concepts as words, and counts hits and misses between two sets of concepts.
To benefit from the semantic information described in the NCI Thesaurus, and thus produce more detailed results, I will measure the algorithm’s performance by measuring the semantic similarity between the lists of concepts. The two lists (expert data & algorithm) are treated as subgraphs within the main graph: the NCI Thesaurus. Their similarity is measured with a path-based semantic similarity metric, of which there are several. I have implemented Leacock & Chodorow’s measure, as in the literature I found it consistently outperforms similar path-based metrics in the Biomedical domain. Speaking of domain; this measure has originally been designed for WordNet (as many of the other metrics), but has also been used and validated in the Biomedical domain. Hooray for domain-independent, unsupervised and corpus-free approaches to similarity measurement ;-). (more…)
So after a night and day of tinkering with the D3 code (starting from the Graph example included in the release, modifying stuff as I went) I came to this:
The red nodes are the concepts taken from the texts (either literal: filled red circles, or resulting from text classification: red donuts). The orange nodes are LCS-nodes (Lowest Common Subsumers), aka ‘parent’ nodes, and all the grey ones are simply in-between nodes (either for shortest paths between nodes, or parent nodes).
I added the labels, and also implemented zoom and panning functionality (mousewheel to zoom, click and drag to pan), included some metadata (hover with mouse over nodes to see their URI, over edges to see the relation). I am really impressed with the flexibility of D3, it’s amazing that I can now load up any random graph produced from my script, and instantly see results.
The bigger plan is to make a fully interactive Graph, by starting with the ‘semantic similarity’ graph (where only the red nodes are displayed), and where clicking on edges expands the graph, by showing the relationship between two connected nodes. Semantic expansion at the click of a mouse ;)!
In other news
I’ve got a date for my graduation! If everything goes right, March 23rd is the day I’ll present my finished project. I’ll let you know once it’s final.