Automatic Fusion of Segmentation and Tracking Labels
Labeled training images of high quality are required for developing well-working analysis pipelines. This is, of course, also true for biological image data, where such labels are usually hard to get. We distinguish human labels (gold corpora) and labels generated by computer algorithms (silver corpora). A naturally arising problem is to merge multiple corpora into larger bodies of labeled training datasets. While fusion of labels in static images is already an established field, dealing with labels in time-lapse image data remains to be explored. Obtaining a gold corpus for segmentation is usually very time-consuming and hence expensive. For this reason, gold corpora for object tracking often use object detection markers instead of dense segmentations. If dense segmentations of tracked objects are desired later on, an automatic merge of the detection-based gold corpus with (silver) corpora of the individual time points for segmentation will be necessary. Here we present such an automatic merging system and demonstrate its utility on corpora from the Cell Tracking Challenge. We additionally release all label fusion algorithms as freely available and open plugins for Fiji (https://github.com/xulman/CTC-FijiPlugins).
KeywordsLabel fusion Image annotation Segmentation labels Tracking labels
This work has been supported by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) under the code 031L0102 (de.NBI), and by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), grant P302/12/G157.
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