Detection of Neuropsychiatric States of Interest in Text

Robert J. Bechtel and Louis A. Gottschalk

This paper provides an overview of a technique for measuring neuropsychiatric states such as anxiety, hostility, and depression and of a software implementation of the technique. The implementation uses both clause structure and a dictionary of semantically-tagged words and phrases to assign scores to individual clauses and to aggregate those scores over larger samples. The basic technique and software implementation have been used in a variety of settings, and form the basis of current research toward an psychodynamic psychotherapist.

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