InfoForager: Leveraging Semantic Search with AMR for COVID-19 Research

Claire Bonial, Stephanie M. Lukin, David Doughty, Steven Hill and Clare Voss

The Second International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations (DMR 2020)
Barcelona, Spain, December 13, 2020


This paper examines how Abstract Meaning Representation (AMR) can be utilized for finding answers to research questions in medical scientific documents, in particular, to advance the study of UV (ultraviolet) inactivation of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. We describe the development of a proof-of-concept prototype tool, InfoForager, which uses AMR to conduct a semantic search, targeting the meaning of the user question, and matching this to sentences in medical documents that may contain information to answer that question. This work was conducted as a sprint over a period of six weeks, and reveals both promising results and challenges in reducing the user search time relating to COVID-19 research, and in general, domain adaption of AMR for this task.

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