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Multi-modal classifier fusion with feature cooperation for glaucoma diagnosis

Benzebouchi, N. E., Azizi, N., Ashour, A. S., Dey, N. and Sherratt, S. (2019) Multi-modal classifier fusion with feature cooperation for glaucoma diagnosis. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. TETA-2018-0207.R2. ISSN 0952-813X (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Background: Glaucoma is a major public health problem that can lead to an optic nerve lesion, requiring systematic screening in the population over 45 years of age. The diagnosis and classification of this disease have had a marked and excellent development in recent years, particularly in the machine learning domain. Multimodal data have been shown to be a significant aid to the machine learning domain, especially by its contribution to improving data driven decision-making. Method: Solving classification problems by combinations of classifiers has made it possible to increase the robustness as well as the classification reliability by using the complementarity that may exist between the classifiers. Complementarity is considered a key property of multimodality. A Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) works very well in pattern recognition and has been shown to exhibit superior performance, especially for image classification which can learn by themselves useful features from raw data. This article proposes a multimodal classification approach based on deep Convolutional Neural Network and Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifiers using multimodal data and multimodal feature for glaucoma diagnosis from retinal fundus images from RIM-ONE dataset. We make use of handcrafted feature descriptors such as the Gray Level Co-Occurrence Matrix, Central Moments and Hu Moments to co-operate with features automatically generated by the CNN in order to properly detect the optic nerve and consequently obtain a better classification rate, allowing a more reliable diagnosis of glaucoma. Results: The experimental results confirm that the combination of classifiers using the BWWV technique is better than learning classifiers separately. The proposed method provides a computerized diagnosis system for glaucoma disease with impressive results comparing them to the main related studies that allow us to continue in this research path.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:83781
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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