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CT Data Curation for Liver Patients: Phase Recognition in Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced CT

Sep 05, 2019
Bo Zhou, Adam Harrison, Jiawen Yao, Chi-Tung Cheng, Jing Xiao, Chien-Hung Liao, Le Lu

As the demand for more descriptive machine learning models grows within medical imaging, bottlenecks due to data paucity will exacerbate. Thus, collecting enough large-scale data will require automated tools to harvest data/label pairs from messy and real-world datasets, such as hospital PACS. This is the focus of our work, where we present a principled data curation tool to extract multi-phase CT liver studies and identify each scan's phase from a real-world and heterogenous hospital PACS dataset. Emulating a typical deployment scenario, we first obtain a set of noisy labels from our institutional partners that are text mined using simple rules from DICOM tags. We train a deep learning system, using a customized and streamlined 3D SE architecture, to identify non-contrast, arterial, venous, and delay phase dynamic CT liver scans, filtering out anything else, including other types of liver contrast studies. To exploit as much training data as possible, we also introduce an aggregated cross entropy loss that can learn from scans only identified as "contrast". Extensive experiments on a dataset of 43K scans of 7680 patient imaging studies demonstrate that our 3DSE architecture, armed with our aggregated loss, can achieve a mean F1 of 0.977 and can correctly harvest up to 92.7% of studies, which significantly outperforms the text-mined and standard-loss approach, and also outperforms other, and more complex, model architectures.

* 11 pages, accepted by 2019 MICCAI - Medical Image Learning with Less Labels and Imperfect Data Workshop 

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SEntiMoji: An Emoji-Powered Learning Approach for Sentiment Analysis in Software Engineering

Jul 04, 2019
Zhenpeng Chen, Yanbin Cao, Xuan Lu, Qiaozhu Mei, Xuanzhe Liu

Sentiment analysis has various application scenarios in software engineering (SE), such as detecting developers' emotions in commit messages and identifying their opinions on Q&A forums. However, commonly used out-of-the-box sentiment analysis tools cannot obtain reliable results on SE tasks and the misunderstanding of technical jargon is demonstrated to be the main reason. Then, researchers have to utilize labeled SE-related texts to customize sentiment analysis for SE tasks via a variety of algorithms. However, the scarce labeled data can cover only very limited expressions and thus cannot guarantee the analysis quality. To address such a problem, we turn to the easily available emoji usage data for help. More specifically, we employ emotional emojis as noisy labels of sentiments and propose a representation learning approach that uses both Tweets and GitHub posts containing emojis to learn sentiment-aware representations for SE-related texts. These emoji-labeled posts can not only supply the technical jargon, but also incorporate more general sentiment patterns shared across domains. They as well as labeled data are used to learn the final sentiment classifier. Compared to the existing sentiment analysis methods used in SE, the proposed approach can achieve significant improvement on representative benchmark datasets. By further contrast experiments, we find that the Tweets make a key contribution to the power of our approach. This finding informs future research not to unilaterally pursue the domain-specific resource, but try to transform knowledge from the open domain through ubiquitous signals such as emojis.

* Accepted by the 2019 ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2019). Please include ESEC/FSE in any citations 

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Efficient Compression Technique for Sparse Sets

Aug 16, 2017
Rameshwar Pratap, Ishan Sohony, Raghav Kulkarni

Recent technological advancements have led to the generation of huge amounts of data over the web, such as text, image, audio and video. Most of this data is high dimensional and sparse, for e.g., the bag-of-words representation used for representing text. Often, an efficient search for similar data points needs to be performed in many applications like clustering, nearest neighbour search, ranking and indexing. Even though there have been significant increases in computational power, a simple brute-force similarity-search on such datasets is inefficient and at times impossible. Thus, it is desirable to get a compressed representation which preserves the similarity between data points. In this work, we consider the data points as sets and use Jaccard similarity as the similarity measure. Compression techniques are generally evaluated on the following parameters --1) Randomness required for compression, 2) Time required for compression, 3) Dimension of the data after compression, and 4) Space required to store the compressed data. Ideally, the compressed representation of the data should be such, that the similarity between each pair of data points is preserved, while keeping the time and the randomness required for compression as low as possible. We show that the compression technique suggested by Pratap and Kulkarni also works well for Jaccard similarity. We present a theoretical proof of the same and complement it with rigorous experimentations on synthetic as well as real-world datasets. We also compare our results with the state-of-the-art "min-wise independent permutation", and show that our compression algorithm achieves almost equal accuracy while significantly reducing the compression time and the randomness.

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From narrative descriptions to MedDRA: automagically encoding adverse drug reactions

Dec 12, 2016
Carlo Combi, Margherita Zorzi, Gabriele Pozzani, Ugo Moretti

The collection of narrative spontaneous reports is an irreplaceable source for the prompt detection of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs): qualified domain experts manually revise a huge amount of narrative descriptions and then encode texts according to MedDRA standard terminology. The manual annotation of narrative documents with medical terminology is a subtle and expensive task, since the number of reports is growing up day-by-day. MagiCoder, a Natural Language Processing algorithm, is proposed for the automatic encoding of free-text descriptions into MedDRA terms. MagiCoder procedure is efficient in terms of computational complexity (in particular, it is linear in the size of the narrative input and the terminology). We tested it on a large dataset of about 4500 manually revised reports, by performing an automated comparison between human and MagiCoder revisions. For the current base version of MagiCoder, we measured: on short descriptions, an average recall of $86\%$ and an average precision of $88\%$; on medium-long descriptions (up to 255 characters), an average recall of $64\%$ and an average precision of $63\%$. From a practical point of view, MagiCoder reduces the time required for encoding ADR reports. Pharmacologists have simply to review and validate the MagiCoder terms proposed by the application, instead of choosing the right terms among the 70K low level terms of MedDRA. Such improvement in the efficiency of pharmacologists' work has a relevant impact also on the quality of the subsequent data analysis. We developed MagiCoder for the Italian pharmacovigilance language. However, our proposal is based on a general approach, not depending on the considered language nor the term dictionary.

* arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1506.08052 

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A new keyphrases extraction method based on suffix tree data structure for arabic documents clustering

Jan 22, 2014
Issam Sahmoudi, Hanane Froud, Abdelmonaime Lachkar

Document Clustering is a branch of a larger area of scientific study known as data mining .which is an unsupervised classification using to find a structure in a collection of unlabeled data. The useful information in the documents can be accompanied by a large amount of noise words when using Full Text Representation, and therefore will affect negatively the result of the clustering process. So it is with great need to eliminate the noise words and keeping just the useful information in order to enhance the quality of the clustering results. This problem occurs with different degree for any language such as English, European, Hindi, Chinese, and Arabic Language. To overcome this problem, in this paper, we propose a new and efficient Keyphrases extraction method based on the Suffix Tree data structure (KpST), the extracted Keyphrases are then used in the clustering process instead of Full Text Representation. The proposed method for Keyphrases extraction is language independent and therefore it may be applied to any language. In this investigation, we are interested to deal with the Arabic language which is one of the most complex languages. To evaluate our method, we conduct an experimental study on Arabic Documents using the most popular Clustering approach of Hierarchical algorithms: Agglomerative Hierarchical algorithm with seven linkage techniques and a variety of distance functions and similarity measures to perform Arabic Document Clustering task. The obtained results show that our method for extracting Keyphrases increases the quality of the clustering results. We propose also to study the effect of using the stemming for the testing dataset to cluster it with the same documents clustering techniques and similarity/distance measures.

* International Journal of Database Management Systems ( IJDMS ) Vol.5, No.6, December 2013 
* 17 pages, 3 figures 

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A wearable sensor vest for social humanoid robots with GPGPU, IoT, and modular software architecture

Jan 06, 2022
Mohsen Jafarzadeh, Stephen Brooks, Shimeng Yu, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Yonas Tadesse

Currently, most social robots interact with their surroundings and humans through sensors that are integral parts of the robots, which limits the usability of the sensors, human-robot interaction, and interchangeability. A wearable sensor garment that fits many robots is needed in many applications. This article presents an affordable wearable sensor vest, and an open-source software architecture with the Internet of Things (IoT) for social humanoid robots. The vest consists of touch, temperature, gesture, distance, vision sensors, and a wireless communication module. The IoT feature allows the robot to interact with humans locally and over the Internet. The designed architecture works for any social robot that has a general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU), I2C/SPI buses, Internet connection, and the Robotics Operating System (ROS). The modular design of this architecture enables developers to easily add/remove/update complex behaviors. The proposed software architecture provides IoT technology, GPGPU nodes, I2C and SPI bus mangers, audio-visual interaction nodes (speech to text, text to speech, and image understanding), and isolation between behavior nodes and other nodes. The proposed IoT solution consists of related nodes in the robot, a RESTful web service, and user interfaces. We used the HTTP protocol as a means of two-way communication with the social robot over the Internet. Developers can easily edit or add nodes in C, C++, and Python programming languages. Our architecture can be used for designing more sophisticated behaviors for social humanoid robots.

* Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol 139, page 103536, year 2021 
* This is the preprint version. The final version is published in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 139, 2021, Page 103536, ISSN 0921-8890, 

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CABACE: Injecting Character Sequence Information and Domain Knowledge for Enhanced Acronym and Long-Form Extraction

Dec 25, 2021
Nithish Kannen, Divyanshu Sheth, Abhranil Chandra, Shubhraneel Pal

Acronyms and long-forms are commonly found in research documents, more so in documents from scientific and legal domains. Many acronyms used in such documents are domain-specific and are very rarely found in normal text corpora. Owing to this, transformer-based NLP models often detect OOV (Out of Vocabulary) for acronym tokens, especially for non-English languages, and their performance suffers while linking acronyms to their long forms during extraction. Moreover, pretrained transformer models like BERT are not specialized to handle scientific and legal documents. With these points being the overarching motivation behind this work, we propose a novel framework CABACE: Character-Aware BERT for ACronym Extraction, which takes into account character sequences in text and is adapted to scientific and legal domains by masked language modelling. We further use an objective with an augmented loss function, adding the max loss and mask loss terms to the standard cross-entropy loss for training CABACE. We further leverage pseudo labelling and adversarial data generation to improve the generalizability of the framework. Experimental results prove the superiority of the proposed framework in comparison to various baselines. Additionally, we show that the proposed framework is better suited than baseline models for zero-shot generalization to non-English languages, thus reinforcing the effectiveness of our approach. Our team BacKGProp secured the highest scores on the French dataset, second-highest on Danish and Vietnamese, and third-highest in the English-Legal dataset on the global leaderboard for the acronym extraction (AE) shared task at SDU AAAI-22.

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IconQA: A New Benchmark for Abstract Diagram Understanding and Visual Language Reasoning

Nov 07, 2021
Pan Lu, Liang Qiu, Jiaqi Chen, Tony Xia, Yizhou Zhao, Wei Zhang, Zhou Yu, Xiaodan Liang, Song-Chun Zhu

Current visual question answering (VQA) tasks mainly consider answering human-annotated questions for natural images. However, aside from natural images, abstract diagrams with semantic richness are still understudied in visual understanding and reasoning research. In this work, we introduce a new challenge of Icon Question Answering (IconQA) with the goal of answering a question in an icon image context. We release IconQA, a large-scale dataset that consists of 107,439 questions and three sub-tasks: multi-image-choice, multi-text-choice, and filling-in-the-blank. The IconQA dataset is inspired by real-world diagram word problems that highlight the importance of abstract diagram understanding and comprehensive cognitive reasoning. Thus, IconQA requires not only perception skills like object recognition and text understanding, but also diverse cognitive reasoning skills, such as geometric reasoning, commonsense reasoning, and arithmetic reasoning. To facilitate potential IconQA models to learn semantic representations for icon images, we further release an icon dataset Icon645 which contains 645,687 colored icons on 377 classes. We conduct extensive user studies and blind experiments and reproduce a wide range of advanced VQA methods to benchmark the IconQA task. Also, we develop a strong IconQA baseline Patch-TRM that applies a pyramid cross-modal Transformer with input diagram embeddings pre-trained on the icon dataset. IconQA and Icon645 are available at

* Accepted to NeurIPS 2021 Track on Datasets and Benchmarks, 27 pages, 18 figures, project available at 

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Few-shot Controllable Style Transfer for Low-Resource Settings: A Study in Indian Languages

Oct 14, 2021
Kalpesh Krishna, Deepak Nathani, Xavier Garcia, Bidisha Samanta, Partha Talukdar

Style transfer is the task of rewriting an input sentence into a target style while approximately preserving its content. While most prior literature assumes access to large style-labelled corpora, recent work (Riley et al. 2021) has attempted "few-shot" style transfer using only 3-10 sentences at inference for extracting the target style. In this work we consider one such low resource setting where no datasets are available: style transfer for Indian languages. We find that existing few-shot methods perform this task poorly, with a strong tendency to copy inputs verbatim. We push the state-of-the-art for few-shot style transfer with a new method modeling the stylistic difference between paraphrases. When compared to prior work using automatic and human evaluations, our model achieves 2-3x better performance and output diversity in formality transfer and code-mixing addition across five Indian languages. Moreover, our method is better able to control the amount of style transfer using an input scalar knob. We report promising qualitative results for several attribute transfer directions, including sentiment transfer, text simplification, gender neutralization and text anonymization, all without retraining the model. Finally we found model evaluation to be difficult due to the lack of evaluation datasets and metrics for Indian languages. To facilitate further research in formality transfer for Indic languages, we crowdsource annotations for 4000 sentence pairs in four languages, and use this dataset to design our automatic evaluation suite.

* preprint, 30 pages 

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