Cateye: A Hint-Enabled Search Engine Framework for Biomedical Classification Systems

Chia Jung Yang, Jung Hsien Chiang

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Objective: We propose Cateye, a Python-based search engine framework tailored for searching in biomedical classification systems such as ICD-10, DSM-5, MeSH, and SNOMED CT. Many of the biomedical classification systems have coarse-grained and fine-grained structures to handle the different levels of information. The general-purpose search engines, which designed for document retrieval, face three major problems: Too strict terminology, not efficient search, and uncertainty to stop searching. These disadvantages make it painful to search in the classification systems. Materials and Methods: We used the ICD-10 coding systems as our sample materials. We design a hint bar which shown along with the search results and dramatically helps the users to formulate the correct query. A hint is a suggestion of search term which can best divide the search space into half-and-half. Results: The case studies show that our hint mechanism performs at least one step deeper per search step in most cases. Conclusion: The source code of Cateye for searching the classification systems associated with coarse-grained and fine-grained architecture is available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Computer Technologies and Applications - 23rd International Computer Symposium, ICS 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsChuan-Yu Chang, Chien-Chou Lin, Horng-Horng Lin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789811391897
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
Event23rd International Computer Symposium, ICS 2018 - Yunlin, Taiwan
Duration: 2018 Dec 202018 Dec 22

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference23rd International Computer Symposium, ICS 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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