Title On the Use of Nominal and Ordinal Classifiers for the Discrimination of States of Development in Fish Oocytes
Authors PÉREZ ORTIZ, MARÍA, Fernandez-Delgado, M., Cernadas, E., Dominguez-Petit, R., Gutierrez, P. A., Hervas-Martinez, C., PÉREZ ORTIZ, MARÍA
External publication No
Means Neural Process Letters
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 3
SJR Quartile 2
JCR Impact 1.62000
SJR Impact 0.39900
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84945259039&doi=10.1007%2fs11063-015-9476-8&partnerID=40&md5=7cd5fef2aa2606e527a191bdc43b2177
Publication date 01/10/2016
ISI 000382683300015
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84945259039
DOI 10.1007/s11063-015-9476-8
Abstract The analysis of microscopic images of fish gonad cells (oocytes) is a useful tool to estimate parameters of fish reproductive ecology and to analyze fish population dynamics. The study of oocyte dynamics is needed to understand ovary development and reproductive cycle of fish. Oocytes go through different developmental states in a continuum temporal sequence providing an interesting example of ordinal classification, which is not exploited by the current oocyte analysis software. This promising paradigm of machine learning known as ordinal classification or ordinal regression focus on classification problems where there exist a natural order between the classes, thus requiring specific methods and evaluation metrics. In this paper we compare 11 ordinal and 15 nominal state-of-the-art classifiers using oocytes of three fish species (Merluccius merluccius, Trisopterus luscus and Reinhardtius hippoglossoides). The best results are achieved by SVMOD, an ordinal decomposition method of the labelling space based on the Support Vector Machine, varying strongly with the number of states for each specie (about 95 and 80 % of accuracy with three and six states respectively). The classifiers designed specially for ordinal classification are able to capture the underlying nature of the state ordering much better than common nominal classifiers. This is demonstrated by several metrics specially designed to measure misclassification errors associated to states far in the ranking scale.
Keywords Fish oocytes; Ordinal classification; Texture analysis; Reinhardtius hippoglossoides; Decomposition methods
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