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EndoMineR

Zeki,S. S.

The goal of EndoMineR is to extract as much information as possible from endoscopy reports and their associated pathology specimens. The package is intended for use by gastroenterologists, pathologists and anyone interested in the analysis of endoscopic and ppathological datasets

 

Gastroenterology now has many standards against which practice is measured although many reporting systems do not include the reporting capability to give anything more than basic analysis. Much of the data is locked in semi-structured text.

 

However the nature of semi-structured text means that data can be extracted in a standardised way- it just requires more manipulation. This package provides that manipulation so that complex endoscopic-pathological analyses, in line with recognised standards for these analyses, can be done.

The package is basically in three parts

  1. The extraction- This is really when the data is provided as full text reports. You may already have the data in a spreadsheet in which case this part isn't necessary

  2. Cleaning- These are a group of functions that allow the user to extract and clean data commonly found in endoscopic and pathology reports. The cleaning functions usually remove common typos or extraneous information and do some reformatting

  3. Analyses- The analyses provide graphing function as well as analyses according to the cornerstone questions in gastroenterology- namely surveillance, patient tracking, quality of endoscopy and pathology reporting and diagnostic yield questions.

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