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Proc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care. 1993 : 720–724.
PMCID: PMC2850669

The ranking algorithm of the Coach browser for the UMLS metathesaurus.


This paper presents the novel ranking algorithm of the Coach Metathesaurus browser which is a major module of the Coach expert search refinement program. An example shows how the ranking algorithm can assist in creating a list of candidate terms useful in augmenting a suboptimal Grateful Med search of MEDLINE.

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  • Kingsland LC, 3rd, Harbourt AM, Syed EJ, Schuyler PL. Coach: applying UMLS knowledge sources in an expert searcher environment. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993 Apr;81(2):178–183. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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