Texture and moments-based classification of the acrosome integrity of boar spermatozoa images

Enrique Alegre*, Víctor González-Castro, Rocío Alaiz-Rodríguez, María Teresa García-Ordás

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

The automated assessment of the sperm quality is an important challenge in the veterinary field. In this paper, we explore how to describe the acrosomes of boar spermatozoa using image analysis so that they can be automatically categorized as intact or damaged. Our proposal aims at characterizing the acrosomes by means of texture features. The texture is described using first order statistics and features derived from the co-occurrence matrix of the image, both computed from the original image and from the coefficients yielded by the Discrete Wavelet Transform. Texture descriptors are evaluated and compared with moments-based descriptors in terms of the classification accuracy they provide. Experimental results with a Multilayer Perceptron and the k-Nearest Neighbours classifiers show that texture descriptors outperform moment-based descriptors, reaching an accuracy of 94.93%, which makes this approach very attractive for the veterinarian community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-881
Number of pages9
JournalComputer methods and programs in biomedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Acrosome integrity
  • Boar semen
  • Discrete wavelet transform
  • Invariant moments
  • K-nearest neighbours
  • Neural networks
  • Texture descriptors


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