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A method for automatic identification of diatoms (single-celled algae with silica shells) based on extraction of features on the contour of the cells by multi-scale mathematical morphology is presented. After extracting the contour of the cell, it is smoothed adaptively, encoded using Freeman chain code, and converted into a curvature representation which is invariant under translation and scale change. A curvature scale space is built from these data, and the most important features are extracted from it by unsupervised cluster analysis. The resulting pattern vectors, which are also rotation-invariant, provide the input for automatic identification of diatoms by decision trees and k-nearest neighbor classifiers. The method is tested on two large sets of diatom images. The techniques used are applicable to other shapes besides diatoms. © Springer-Verlag 2005.
Author(s): Jalba A, Wilkinson M, Roerdink J, Bayer M, Juggins S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Machine Vision and Applications
Print publication date: 01/09/2005
ISSN (print): 0932-8092
ISSN (electronic): 1432-1769
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