Jiang M, Huang Y, Fan JW, Tang B, Denny J, Xu H. Parsing clinical text: how good are the state-of-the-art parsers? BMC medical informatics and decision making. 15 Suppl 1(15 Suppl 1). S2. PMID: 26045009 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4460747
Parsing, which generates a syntactic structure of a sentence (a parse tree), is a critical component of natural language processing (NLP) research in any domain including medicine. Although parsers developed in the general English domain, such as the Stanford parser, have been applied to clinical text, there are no formal evaluations and comparisons of their performance in the medical domain.