[Corpora-List] spotting names of drugs

Mark A. Greenwood m.greenwood
Tue Jan 8 16:55:11 CET 2013

Hi Pete,

One source of drug names that I've used in the past is http://www.nhs.uk/medicine-guides/pages/default.aspx -- you can browse by initial letter or by condition if you have a specific domain or application in mind.


On 08/01/13 15:45, WHITELOCK, Pete wrote:
> I'm interested in the problem of spotting that a particular string
> that's not in one's dictionary is in fact the name of a drug. New
> drugs and their names are being created all the time and it's pretty
> easy as a human to see a string in isolation and see "yeh, that's a
> drug name". Anyone done anything similar to this? I vaguely recall
> some discussion of distinguishing boys' and girls' names (as an
> exercise in some textbook?).
> In addition, does anyone know where to get a list of drug names to use
> as the starting point.
> Thanks for any help
> Pete Whitelock, PhD
> Principal Language Engineer, Technology
> Academic Dictionaries
> Oxford University Press
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