Jessie Levacher


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Analysis of Twitter Data for Postmarketing Surveillance in Pharmacovigilance
Julie Pain | Jessie Levacher | Adam Quinquenel | Anja Belz
Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (WNUT)

Postmarketing surveillance (PMS) has the vital aim to monitor effects of drugs after release for use by the general population, but suffers from under-reporting and limited coverage. Automatic methods for detecting drug effect reports, especially for social media, could vastly increase the scope of PMS. Very few automatic PMS methods are currently available, in particular for the messy text types encountered on Twitter. In this paper we describe first results for developing PMS methods specifically for tweets. We describe the corpus of 125,669 tweets we have created and annotated to train and test the tools. We find that generic tools perform well for tweet-level language identification and tweet-level sentiment analysis (both 0.94 F1-Score). For detection of effect mentions we are able to achieve 0.87 F1-Score, while effect-level adverse-vs.-beneficial analysis proves harder with an F1-Score of 0.64. Among other things, our results indicate that MetaMap semantic types provide a very promising basis for identifying drug effect mentions in tweets.

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Effect of Data Annotation, Feature Selection and Model Choice on Spatial Description Generation in French
Anja Belz | Adrian Muscat | Brandon Birmingham | Jessie Levacher | Julie Pain | Adam Quinquenel
Proceedings of the 9th International Natural Language Generation conference