Ontologies such as the
Medical Subject Headings
) and the
) play a major role in biology and medicine since they facilitate data integration and the consistent exchange of information between different entities. They can also be used to index and annotate data and literature, thus enabling efficient search and analysis. Unfortunately, maintaining the ontologies manually is a complex, error-prone, and time and personnel-consuming effort. One major problem is the continuous growth of the biomedical literature, which expands by almost 1 million new scientific papers per year, indexed by
. The enormous annual increase of scientific publications constitutes the task of monitoring and following the changes and trends in the biomedical domain extremely difficult. For this purpose, approaches that try to learn and maintain ontologies automatically from text and data have been developed in the past. The goal of this paper is to develop temporal classifiers in order to create, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, an automated method that may predict which regions of the
ontology will expand in the near future.