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A Deep Analysis on High Resolution Dermoscopic Image Classification

Abstract: Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have been broadly employed in dermoscopic image analysis, mainly as a result of the large amount of data gathered by the International Skin Imaging Collaboration (ISIC). Like in many other medical imaging domains, state-of-the-art methods take advantage of architectures developed for other tasks, frequently assuming full transferability between enormous sets of natural images (eg{} ImageNet) and dermoscopic images, which is not always the case. With this paper we provide a comprehensive analysis on the effectiveness of state-of-the-art deep learning techniques when applied to dermoscopic image analysis. In order to achieve this goal, we consider several CNNs architectures and analyze how their performance is affected by the size of the network, image resolution, data augmentation process, amount of available data, and model calibration. Moreover, taking advantage of the analysis performed, we design a novel ensemble method to further increase the classification accuracy. The proposed solution achieved the third best result in the 2019 official ISIC challenge, with an accuracy of 0.593.


Pollastri, Federico; Parreño, Mario; Maroñas, Juan; Bolelli, Federico; Paredes, Roberto; Ramos, Daniel; Grana, Costantino "A Deep Analysis on High Resolution Dermoscopic Image Classification" IET COMPUTER VISION, vol. 15, pp. 514 -526 , 2021 DOI: 10.1049/cvi2.12048

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