Text mining extracts high-quality information from texts. Algorithms are designed to recognize patterns and trends within text so that computers can read and extract the information required. Computers can also be given the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed: this is the promising field of machine learning.

Bioinformatics develops text-mining tools that can be of immense value to complement expert biocuration. It can also rely on machine learning techniques to predict the outcome of complex interactions such as in antibiotic resistance.

At SIB, several groups are working on the topic Text mining and machine learning as their main field of activity: