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Investigating topic modelling for therapy dialogue analysis

  • Howes, Christine
  • Purver, Matthew
  • McCabe, Rose
Abstract:
Previous research shows that aspects of doctor-patient communication in therapy can predict patient symptoms, satisfaction and future adherence to treatment (a significant problem with conditions such as schizophrenia). However, automatic prediction has so far shown success only when based on low-level lexical features, and it is unclear how well these can generalise to new data, or whether their effectiveness is due to their capturing aspects of style, structure or content. Here, we examine the use of topic as a higher-level measure of content, more likely to generalise and to have more explanatory power. Investigations show that while topics predict some important factors such as patient satisfaction and ratings of therapy quality, they lack the full predictive power of lower-level features. For some factors, unsupervised methods produce models comparable to manual annotation.
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Year:
2013
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Book title:
Proceedings of IWCS 2013 Workshop on Computational Semantics in Clinical Text (CSCT 2013)
Pages:
7-16
Address:
Potsdam, Germany
Month:
March
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