Improving Medical Dialogue Generation with Abstract Meaning Representations

Bohao Yang, Chen Tang, Chenghua Lin

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Abstract

Medical Dialogue Generation serves a critical role in telemedicine by facilitating the dissemination of medical expertise to patients. Existing studies focus on incorporating textual representations, which have limited their ability to represent the semantics of text, such as ignoring important medical entities. To enhance the model's understanding of the textual semantics and the medical knowledge including entities and relations, we introduce the use of Abstract Meaning Representations (AMR) to construct graphical representations that delineate the roles of language constituents and medical entities within the dialogues. In this paper, We propose a novel framework that models dialogues between patients and healthcare professionals using AMR graphs, where the neural networks incorporate textual and graphical knowledge with a dual attention mechanism. Experimental results show that our framework outperforms strong baseline models in medical dialogue generation, demonstrating the effectiveness of AMR graphs in enhancing the representations of medical knowledge and logical relationships. Furthermore, to support future research in this domain, we provide the corresponding source code at https://github.com/Bernard-Yang/MedDiaAMR.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2023

Keywords

  • cs.CL

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