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AI Assisted Annotator using Reinforcement Learning

by   V. Ratna Saripalli, et al.
General Electric
Colorado State University

Healthcare data suffers from both noise and lack of ground truth. The cost of data increases as it is cleaned and annotated in healthcare. Unlike other data sets, medical data annotation, which is critical to accurate ground truth, requires medical domain expertise for a better patient outcome. In this work, we report on the use of reinforcement learning to mimic the decision making process of annotators for medical events, to automate annotation and labelling. The reinforcement agent learns to annotate alarm data based on annotations done by an expert. Our method shows promising results on medical alarm data sets. We trained DQN and A2C agents using the data from monitoring devices that is annotated by an expert. Initial results from these RL agents learning the expert annotation behavior is promising. The A2C agent performs better in terms of learning the sparse events in a given state, thereby choosing more right actions compared to DQN agent. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reinforcement learning application for the automation of medical events annotation, which has far-reaching practical use.


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