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BACKGROUND Due to the rapidly expanding body of biomedical literature, biologists require increasingly sophisticated and efficient systems to help them to search for relevant information. Such systems should account for the multiple written variants used to represent biomedical concepts, and allow the user to search for specific pieces of knowledge (or(More)
The paper describes a system for the automatic consolidation of Italian legislative texts to be used as a support of an editorial consolidating activity and dealing with the following typology of textual amendments: repeal, substitution and integration. The focus of the paper is on the semantic analysis of the textual amendment provisions and the formalized(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper investigates mathematical skills in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a pathological condition because of congenital alterations of chromosome pair 15. The following questions were addressed: (1) Are mathematical skills in PWS relatively more impaired with respect to other cognitive functions (as has been repeatedly but anecdotally(More)
A noun/verb dissociation with a relative verb deficit was found in patients affected by Parkinson's disease, even in relatively early stages, when mental deterioration is not severe. This finding is compatible with earlier observations, according to which verbs are dealt with in more anterior regions with respect to nouns. It also supports the speculation(More)
The extraction of information from texts requires resources that contain both syntactic and semantic properties of lexical units. As the use of language in specialized domains, such as biology, can be very different to the general domain, there is a need for domain-specific resources to ensure that the information extracted is as accurate as possible. We(More)
Body-image disturbance and its link with eating behaviors are poorly understood and controversial phenomena. The model proposed by Cash (1996) is perhaps the most unified current attempt to analyze this link. Its central features are a separation of historical and proximal influences and the link between body image emotions and adjustive, emotion regulating(More)
This paper introduces the POESIA internet filtering system, which is open-source, and which combines standard filtering methods, such as positive/negative URL lists, with more advanced techniques, such as image processing and NLP-enhanced text filtering. The description here focusses on components providing textual content filtering for three European(More)
We describe here a methodology to combine two different techniques for Semantic Relation Extraction from texts. On the one hand, generic lexico-syntactic patterns are applied to the linguistically analyzed corpus to detect a first set of pairs of co-occurring words, possibly involved in " syntagmatic " relations. On the other hand, a statistical(More)
The domain adaptation task was aimed at investigating techniques for adapting state–of–the–art dependency parsing systems to new domains. Both the language dealt with, i.e. Italian, and the target domain , namely the legal domain, represent two main novelties of the task organised at Evalita 2011. In this paper, we define the task and describe how the(More)
The study analyzed the writing products of subjects with high (highs) and low (lows) hypnotizability. The participants were asked to write short texts in response to highly imaginative scenarios in standard conditions. The texts were processed through computerized and manual methods. The results showed that the highs' texts were more sophisticated due to a(More)