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Bi-dimensional colored fuzzy entropy applied to melanoma dermoscopic images
Andreia Sofia F. Gaudêncio * 1 , Mirvana Hilal 2 , Pedro G. Vaz 1 , João M. Cardoso 1 , Anne Humeau-Heurtier 2
1  LIBPhys-UC, Physics Department, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3004-516, Portugal
2  University of Angers, LARIS - Laboratoire Angevin de Recherche en Ingénierie des Systèmes, 62 Avenue Notre-Dame du Lac, 49000 Angers, France


Recently, a bi-dimensional fuzzy entropy measure has been proposed for image texture evaluation. Herein, a new bi-dimensional fuzzy entropy is proposed to process colored images. Our algorithm, FuzEnC2D, in opposition to dos Santos et al. (2018) definition, evaluates each color channel individually with consideration of global and local characteristics. We propose to apply it for the characterization of melanoma's dermoscopic images. In this work, FuzEnC2D is tested by evaluating its sensitivity to change of parameters, rotation sensitivity, ability to determine irregularity through shuffling pixels, and consistency according to different image sizes. For those purposes, white noise and colored Brodatz textures are used. The algorithm is also applied to dermoscopic images of the public PH2 dataset to evaluate its performance in distinguishing common nevi, atypical nevi, and melanoma lesions. The results reveal a relative decrease of, at most, 29.97 % for FuzEnC2D-values when considering different parameters values. On the other hand, the consistency and low rotation sensitivity of the algorithm are revealed by analyzing the same texture with different sizes (maximum relative difference of 4.34%) and when comparing the entropy of an image upon rotation (maximum relative difference of 0.36%). Besides, after shuffling the pixels of an image, FuzEnC2D-values of shuffled images increases up to 8.9 times of the original values. Moreover, using the red channel's entropy, a common nevi lesion is statistically different from an atypical one (p = 0.004 with the Kruskal-Wallis test). Regarding the green channel, a statistical difference (p = 0.034) is observed between atypical nevi lesions and melanoma. Also, differentiating a common nevi lesion from lesions diagnosed as melanoma is possible regardless the RGB channels. Finally, the FuzEnC2D algorithm appears as a promising algorithm to analyze, through an entropy-based measure, the texture of colored images.

Keywords: entropy measure; bi-dimensional fuzzy entropy; colored textures; melanoma;