The Manipulation of Medical Literature as Interference of Medical Sciences in Order to Formulate New Hypotheses

Floor Rikken and Rein Vos

In this study we present a theoretical framework that can be used to explore the possibilities of automatic hypothesis generation from medical literature. We use the model of disconnected logic developed by D. Swanson. The assumption is that there exist complementary but disconnected literatures from which new information can be obtained when these literatures are connected. The theoretical framework provides a set of heuristics rules which are tested with empirical data derived from a medical literature database.

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