Development of a Segmentation Method for Dermoscopic Images Based on Color Clustering

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 88 pages
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Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2003 in the subject Computer Science - Applied, grade: Pass grade, Kobe University (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computer & Systems Engineering, Kitamura Lab), course: Doctor Course Information and Media Science, 41 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Malignant melanoma is a very dangerous kind of skin cancer. In order to treat malignant melanoma it must be detected as early as possible. However, when looking at a malignant melanoma by the naked eye, it can be mistaken as a nevus (benign skin lesion). Therefore, dermatologists use a microscope that shows the pigmented structure of the skin. This microscope is called "dermoscope." An irregular overall structure, an irregular border and several colors indicate that a skin lesion is malignant. A homogeneous structure, a regular border and few colors indicate that a lesion is benign. However, even when using a dermoscope a melanoma can be mistaken as a nevus. Therefore it is desirable to analyze dermoscopic images by a computer in order to classify them as malignant or benign. Before a dermoscopic image is classified, usually the skin lesion border is extracted. For this purpose, previously developed methods segment the image into regions of the same color (color segmentation) or into regions that fulfill a homogeneity criterion (region based segmentation). Color segmentation can be done using fuzzy c-means. When applying fuzzy c-means, the number of cluster centers corresponds to the number of distinguished colors and must be specified. However, the number of colors in dermoscopic images can vary and is not known in advance. The goal of this research is developing a method that automatically determines the number of clusters in color space. The clustering accuracy is evaluated by cluster validity index. Cluster validity indices describe how well a partition (cluster center set) represents the "natural" clusters of a data set. The method prop
  

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Color Clustering Methodology _______________
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Color Clustering by SelfOrganizing Maps_____
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Objective Functions for Color Clustering ______
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Classification of Dermoscopic Images _________
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Conclusions_______________________________
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