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Microsoft Biomedical Search

Domain-Specific Pretraining for Vertical Search: Case Study on Biomedical Literature (KDD 2021)


Yu Wang, Jinchao Li, Tristan Naumann, Chenyan Xiong, Hao Cheng, Robert Tinn, Cliff Wong, Naoto Usuyama, Richard Rogahn, Zhihong Shen, Yang Qin, Eric Horvitz, Paul N. Bennett, Jianfeng Gao, Hoifung Poon (Equal Contribution)

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft Research provided Microsoft Biomedical Search, and AI-powered search tool to help researchers and scientists identify relevant publications available from PubMed and the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). This tool was provided on a short-term basis for public benefit and was deprecated on September 1, 2023.

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