Medical Document Hunter
is our dedicated medical full-text search engine, using a global
database including anotated and auto-indexed Web sites retrieved
by MARVIN, the HON's robot .
The global database includes currently two types
- - the anotated
Web sites which are updated daily
and created manually by the HON team. Each site
has been visited and a short description is given.
- - the auto-indexed
Web sites which have been automatically
retrieved from the Web by the robot MARVIN.
MARVIN uses a purpose-built medical dictionary of 20,000 words plus
the 33,000 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from the National Library
of Medicine, U.S.A. to retrieve automatically the unreviewed sites.
Each word has been given a weight describing its relevance and specificity
in documents for health and medicine. The weightings have been obtained
by performing a statistical evaluation of all words contained in
a preselected set of 1,000 medical documents.
MARVIN searches the Web and selects
only documents that are relevant to the health and medical fields. Document
relevance is computed according to a formula that takes into consideration
the number of words from the medical dictionary that are found in the
document, as well as their associated weights.
Selected documents are stored in MedHunt's
global database which is organized in four categories; a general one
including all the health/medical web sites and the three others dedicated
respectively to the hospitals, support groups and conferences. MedHunt
also proposes a simultaneous translation of the queries in eight languages
(English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish)
with a pre-formatted search associated with the translations.