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MedCrawler | Analyzing user-generated online content for drug discovery


Finds, extracts and displays medical terms from blog posts. MedCrawler is a data mining tool for analyzing user-generated blog posts aiming to find modern ‘traditional’ medicine or home remedies. It searches user-generated blog posts and analyzes them for correlations between medically relevant terms. It offers a method to include data from a wide variety of sources and authors, and includes automated information extraction and representation. MedCrawler can be used as a supplementary tool to support sample library design for screening campaigns or to provide a quick overview over modern folklore.

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GNU General Public License version 3.0
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  • Päivi Tammela <>


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Centre for Drug Research, Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Funding source(s)

This work was supported by the Academy of Finland [grant numbers 284477, 277001].

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