Selecting Documents Relevant for Chemistry as a Classification Problem

We present a first version of a system for selecting chemical publications for inclusion in a chemistry information database. This database, Reaxys (, is a portal for the retrieval of structured chemistry information from published journals and patents. There are three challenges in this task: (i) Training and input data are highly imbalanced; (ii) High recall ( ≥95% ) is desired; and (iii) Data offered for selection is numerically massive but at the same time, incomplete. Our system successfully handles the imbalance with the undersampling technique and achieves relatively high recall using chemical named entities as features. Experiments on a real-world data set consisting of 15,822 documents show that the features of chemical named entities boost recall by 8% over the usual n-gram features being widely used in general document classification applications. For fostering research on this challenging topic, a part of the data set compiled in this paper can be requested.
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European Knowledge Acquisition Workshop
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