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A mutual-information scale-space for image feature detection and feature-based classification of volumetric brain images

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2 Author(s)
Toews, M. ; Harvard Med. Sch., Brigham & Women''s Hosp., Boston, MA, USA ; Wells, W.M.I.I.I.

This paper proposes a novel information theoretic scale-space for salient feature detection, based on the mutual information (MI) of image measurement and location. The MI scale-space is designed to identify image regions whose measurements are maximally informative regarding spatial location. A framework for computing the MI scale-space is proposed, based on combining information theory with Gaussian scale-space theory, where uncertainty in spatial location is explicitly defined by the heat equation. Experiments investigate the use of MI features for feature-based classification of Alzheimer's subjects in volumetric magnetic resonance imagery from a public data set, where MI features result in higher classification accuracy than features selected according to the established difference-of-Gaussian (DOG) criterion.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on

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13-18 June 2010