A lexical network approach for identifying suicidal ideation in clinical interview transcripts

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Bayram U., A. Minai A., Pestian J.

International Conference on Complex Systems, Massachusetts, United States Of America, 22 July 2018, pp.165-172

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-96661-8_17
  • City: Massachusetts
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.165-172
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Preventing suicide requires early identification of suicidal ideation. In this research, we propose an approach to evaluate whether an individual’s statements during a clinical interview can be classified as coming from a suicidal or non-suicidal mindset. To do so, we compare the statements with distinct lexical associative networks constructed from corpora of suicidal and control texts. Each node in these networks is a word, and the weight of the edge between every word pair indicates how strongly the words are associated in that corpus. Several metrics of association are evaluated in this work. Preliminary results show good classification performance with above 75% accuracy on novel test data.