How Good is Artificial Intelligence at Automatically Answering Consumer Questions Related to Alzheimer's Disease?

by   Yanshan Wang, et al.

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, comprising 60-80 Alzheimer's dementia in 2019, and this number will almost double every 20 years. The total lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia is estimated to be 350,174 in 2018, 70 Most family caregivers face emotional, financial and physical difficulties. As a medium to relieve this burden, online communities in social media websites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Yahoo! Answers provide potential venues for caregivers to search relevant questions and answers, or post questions and seek answers from other members. However, there are often a limited number of relevant questions and responses to search from, and posted questions are rarely answered immediately. Due to recent advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly Natural Language Processing (NLP), we propose to utilize AI to automatically generate answers to AD-related consumer questions posted by caregivers and evaluate how good AI is at answering those questions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study in the literature applying and evaluating AI models designed to automatically answer consumer questions related to AD.



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