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Cognition Launches SemanticMEDLINE

Cognition Technologies ( has introduced SemanticMEDLINE (, a new free service that enables complex health and life science material to be rapidly and efficiently discovered with greater precision and completeness using natural language processing (NLP) technology. This marks the first time that users can employ a natural, conversational sentence structure to find the most complex studies within the MEDLINE data set—the 18 million article abstract database of complex health information published by the National Library of Medicine.

SemanticMEDLINE is powered by Cognition’s Semantic NLP technology, which incorporates word and phrase knowledge to comprehend the meaning and nuances of the English language. Cognition’s Semantic Map enables the search process to be based on meaning rather than statistical word pattern matching and, therefore, returns more complete and relevant results.

With traditional keyword search engines, such as those used by Google, Yahoo!, and others, finding the best medical research document within complex data sets, such as MEDLINE, is very difficult without the use of complex Boolean equations and a deep understanding of the many permutations of technical synonymy. Cognition’s SemanticMEDLINE has the ability to target and locate these types of data that are otherwise hidden in masses of information because of its comprehensive Semantic Map (particularly deep within the health sciences discipline) and its unique ability to "understand" the meaning behind words, phrases, and idioms.

Source: Cognition Technologies

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