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Machine learning methods for binary and multiclass classification of melanoma thickness From dermoscopic images

Saez, Aurora, Sanchez-Monedero, Javier, Antonio Gutierrez, Pedro and Hervas-Martinez, Cesar 2016. Machine learning methods for binary and multiclass classification of melanoma thickness From dermoscopic images. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 35 (4) , pp. 1036-1045. 10.1109/TMI.2015.2506270

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Thickness of the melanoma is the most important factor associated with survival in patients with melanoma. It is most commonly reported as a measurement of depth given in millimeters (mm) and computed by means of pathological examination after a biopsy of the suspected lesion. In order to avoid the use of an invasive method in the estimation of the thickness of melanoma before surgery, we propose a computational image analysis system from dermoscopic images. The proposed feature extraction is based on the clinical findings that correlate certain characteristics present in dermoscopic images and tumor depth. Two supervised classification schemes are proposed: a binary classification in which melanomas are classified into thin or thick, and a three-class scheme (thin, intermediate, and thick). The performance of several nominal classification methods, including a recent interpretable method combining logistic regression with artificial neural networks (Logistic regression using Initial variables and Product Units, LIPU), is compared. For the three-class problem, a set of ordinal classification methods (considering ordering relation between the three classes) is included. For the binary case, LIPU outperforms all the other methods with an accuracy of 77.6%, while, for the second scheme, although LIPU reports the highest overall accuracy, the ordinal classification methods achieve a better balance between the performances of all classes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 0278-0062
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 3 December 2015
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 02:29

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