Semi-supervised adverse drug reaction detection

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Abstract: Pharmacogivilance consists in carefully monitoring drugs in order to re-evaluate their risk for people’s health. The sooner the Adverse Drug Reactions are detected, the sooner one can act consequently. This thesis aims at discovering such reactions in electronical health records under the constraint of lacking annotated data, in order to replicate the scenario of the Regional Center for Pharmacovigilance of Nice. We investigate how in a semi-supervised learning design the unlabeled data can contribute to improve classification scores. Results suggest an excellent recall in discovering adverse reactions and possible classification improvements under specific data distribution. 

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