To distinguish malignant pulmonary nodules from benign ones is of much importance in computer-aided diagnosis of
lung diseases. Compared to many previous methods which are based on shape or growth assessing of nodules, this
proposed three-dimensional (3D) texture feature based approach extracted fifty kinds of 3D textural features from gray
level, gradient and curvature co-occurrence matrix, and more derivatives of the volume data of the nodules. To
evaluate the presented approach, the Lung Image Database Consortium public database was downloaded. Each case of the database contains an annotation file, which indicates the diagnosis results from up to four radiologists. In order to relieve partial-volume effect, interpolation process was carried out to those volume data with image slice thickness more than 1mm, and thus we had categorized the downloaded datasets to five groups to validate the proposed approach, one group of thickness less than 1mm, two types of thickness range from 1mm to 1.25mm and greater than 1.25mm (each type contains two groups, one with interpolation and the other without). Since support vector machine is based on statistical learning theory and aims to learn for predicting future data, so it was chosen as the classifier to perform the differentiation task. The measure on the performance was based on the area under the curve (AUC) of Receiver Operating Characteristics. From 284 nodules (122 malignant and 162 benign ones), the validation experiments reported a mean of 0.9051 and standard deviation of 0.0397 for the AUC value on average over 100 randomizations.