Multiview physician-specific attributes fusion for health seeking

Liqiang Nie, Luming Zhang, Yan Yan, Xiaojun Chang, Maofu Liu, Ling Shao

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Community-based health services have risen as important online resources for resolving users health concerns. Despite the value, the gap between what health seekers with specific health needs and what busy physicians with specific attitudes and expertise can offer is being widened. To bridge this gap, we present a question routing scheme that is able to connect health seekers to the right physicians. In this scheme, we first bridge the expertise matching gap via a probabilistic fusion of the physician-expertise distribution and the expertise-question distribution. The distributions are calculated by hypergraph-based learning and kernel density estimation. We then measure physicians attitudes toward answering general questions from the perspectives of activity, responsibility, reputation, and willingness. At last, we adaptively fuse the expertise modeling and attitude modeling by considering the personal needs of the health seekers. Extensive experiments have been conducted on a real-world dataset to validate our proposed scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3680-3691
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Issue number11
Early online date21 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • question routing
  • Adaptive fusion
  • attitude modeling
  • community-based health services (CHSs)
  • expertise modeling

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