Towards a bilingual SMS parser for HIV and AIDS information retrieval in Botswana

G. Anderson, S. D. Asare, Y. Ayalew, D. Garg, B. Gopolang, A. Masizana-Katongo, O. Mogotlhwane, D. Mpoeleng, H. O. Nyongesa

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Abstract

Integrated Health Information System through Mobile Telephony (IHISM) is a project carried out by Computer Science department at the University of Botswana. The main objective of the research project is to develop an integrated health care information service which will provide access to a variety of HIV AND AIDS related information for different users. The aim of this paper is to analyze the use of SMSs as an information access technology in a multilingual environment such as Botswana. The main focus is the analysis of the users' language in constructing SMSs to retrieve information from the IHISM information service. The results acquired in this work give a good lead towards designing the most appropriate bilingual natural language parser. The analysis, carried out on a sample of 1,600 SMS queries (800 English, 800 Setswana), would support the way parsing techniques could best hypothesize as accurately as possible the SMS question being asked.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007
Pages329-333
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Dec 15 2007Dec 16 2007

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Other2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period12/15/0712/16/07

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Botswana
Information services
Information retrieval
information retrieval
AIDS
Information systems
Health
health information
information service
Health care
Computer science
information system
language
computer science
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health care

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Anderson, G., Asare, S. D., Ayalew, Y., Garg, D., Gopolang, B., Masizana-Katongo, A., ... Nyongesa, H. O. (2007). Towards a bilingual SMS parser for HIV and AIDS information retrieval in Botswana. In 2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007 (pp. 329-333). [4937420] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTD.2007.4937420
Anderson, G. ; Asare, S. D. ; Ayalew, Y. ; Garg, D. ; Gopolang, B. ; Masizana-Katongo, A. ; Mogotlhwane, O. ; Mpoeleng, D. ; Nyongesa, H. O. / Towards a bilingual SMS parser for HIV and AIDS information retrieval in Botswana. 2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007. 2007. pp. 329-333
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Towards a bilingual SMS parser for HIV and AIDS information retrieval in Botswana. / Anderson, G.; Asare, S. D.; Ayalew, Y.; Garg, D.; Gopolang, B.; Masizana-Katongo, A.; Mogotlhwane, O.; Mpoeleng, D.; Nyongesa, H. O.

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