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This paper presents an integrated decision support system for an automated melanoma recognition of dermoscopic images based on multiple expert fusion. In this context, the ultimate aim is to support decision making by predicting image categories (e.g., melanoma, benign and dysplastic nevi) by combining outputs from different classifiers. A fast and automatic segmentation method to detect the lesion from the background healthy skin is proposed and lesion-specific local color and texture-related features are extracted. For the classification, combining experts which are classifiers with different structures, are examined as alternative solution instead of an individual classifier. In this approach, probabilistic outputs of the experts are combined based on the combination rules that are derived by following Bayespsila theorem. The category label with the highest confidence score is considered to be the class of a test image. Experimental results on a collection of 358 dermoscopic images demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed expert fusion-based approach.
Date of Conference: 8-10 Oct. 2008