23 February 2012 A novel local learning based approach with application to breast cancer diagnosis
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In this paper, we introduce a new local learning based approach and apply it for the well-studied problem of breast cancer diagnosis using BIRADS-based mammographic features. To learn from our clinical dataset the latent relationship between these features and the breast biopsy result, our method first dynamically partitions the whole sample population into multiple sub-population groups through stochastically searching the sample population clustering space. Each encountered clustering scheme in our online searching process is then used to create a certain sample population partition plan. For every resultant sub-population group identified according to a partition plan, our method then trains a dedicated local learner to capture the underlying data relationship. In our study, we adopt the linear logistic regression model as our local learning method's base learner. Such a choice is made both due to the well-understood linear nature of the problem, which is compellingly revealed by a rich body of prior studies, and the computational efficiency of linear logistic regression--the latter feature allows our local learning method to more effectively perform its search in the sample population clustering space. Using a database of 850 biopsy-proven cases, we compared the performance of our method with a large collection of publicly available state-of-the-art machine learning methods and successfully demonstrated its performance advantage with statistical significance.
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Songhua Xu, Songhua Xu, Georgia Tourassi, Georgia Tourassi, } "A novel local learning based approach with application to breast cancer diagnosis", Proc. SPIE 8315, Medical Imaging 2012: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 83151Y (23 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912194; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.912194

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