Leonardo Zilio

Dr Leonardo Zilio

Technical Specialist (Translation Technologies and Data)



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Leonardo Zilio, Liana Braga Paraguassu, Luis Antonio Leiva Hercules, Gabriel L. Ponomarekano, Laura P. Berwanger, Maria Jose Bocorny Finatto (2020)A Lexical Simplification Tool for Promoting Health Literacy, In: 1st Workshop on Tools and Resources to Empower People with REAding DIfficulties (READI2020)

This paper presents MedSimples, an authoring tool that combines Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics and Terminologyto help writers to convert health-related information into a more accessible version for people with low literacy skills. MedSimplesapplies parsing methods associated with lexical resources to automatically evaluate a text and present simplification suggestions thatare more suitable for the target audience. Using the suggestions provided by the tool, the author can adapt the original text and makeit more accessible. The focus of MedSimples lies on texts for special purposes, so that it not only deals with general vocabulary, butalso with specialized terms. The tool is currently under development, but an online working prototype exists and can be tested freely.An assessment of MedSimples was carried out aiming at evaluating its current performance with some promising results, especially forinforming the future developments that are planned for the tool.

Liana Paraguassu, Leonardo Zilio, Luis Antonio Leiva Hercules, Maria Jose Bocorny Finatto (2020)MedSimples: An Automated Simplification Toolfor Promoting Health Literacy in Brazil, In: DHandNLP@PROPOR 2020

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