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  • System Name: SUREGEN-2
  • Short Description: Medical document generation
  • URL:
  • System Builders: Kraus[1][2]
  • Development Period: 2002–ongoing
  • Languages: German
  • Domain: medical


A system for the generation of medical documents such as findings, surgical reports or referral letters. SUREGEN-2 uses a hybrid approach, combining canned text phrases (with variables) and bottom up generation. It includes
  • a (simple, though sufficient) surface generator
  • a predefined, rudimentary but open ontology for medicine
  • mechanisms for conceptual and sentence aggregation
  • a mechanism for referring expressions
  • a feature for the quite frequent (in medicine) enumerative phrases
  • a module for generation based on semantic functions (recurring semantic constellations)
  • a simple mechanism for dealing with synonymity, antonymity and cohyponyms, mainly used for aggregation

A standalone demo version of the system is available for download here. The demo requires some facility with Common Lisp. The system will be used within a larger application context and will be in 'part of a larger enterprise which will be in routine use in our hospital by DEC 2002' (Dirk Kraus, email, 4.Nov.02).


  1. Kraus, D. (2002). Text Generation in Clinical Medicine - a Review. Methods of information in Medicine. Bib
  2. Hüske-Kraus, D. (2003). Suregen 2: A shell system for the generation of clinical documents. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL-2003). Bib

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DescriptionMedical document generation  +
Domainmedical  +
LanguageGerman  +
NameSUREGEN-2  +
Started2002  +
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WorkerKraus  +
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