TRANSOFT: Medical translation expert system

G. William Moore, Ichiro Wakai, Yoichi Satomura, Wolfgang Giere

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    A medical expert system is a computer program designed to imitate the behavior of a medical expert. Translation of medical documents may be regarded as an area of medical expertise. Computer translators may also serve as an interface from the user's natural language into the formal language of some medical expert systems. TRANSOFT is a public-domain, table-driven medical document translator, written in MUMPS or GNOSIS (= MUMPS + PROLOG). Translations are obtained by implicit word parity across languages, contextual disambiguation in the source language, and word rearrangement from stereotypic source into stereotypic target language word order. TRANSOFT has properties of a Chomsky language generator and can be modelled as a dialogue between two scholars across an electronic communication medium. TRANSOFT is a mathematical group. Computer translators have potential applications in the international exchange of medical records, medical publications, and electronic mail across language barriers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)149-157
    Number of pages9
    JournalArtificial Intelligence in Medicine
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1989


    • machine translation
    • medical expert systems
    • medical language
    • parsing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Medicine(all)


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