Towards to Use Image Mining to Classified Skin Problems - A Melanoma Case Study

  • Pamela Coelho
  • Claudio Goncalves
  • Filipe PortelaEmail author
  • Manuel Filipe Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11804)


Data mining (DM) is the area where are discovery patterns and the relationship between data. Thus, depending on the type of data, the process will have different names. In this article is used Image Mining (IM), an area that uses DM techniques to find relationship through classification or clustering, using image data. Specifically, in this paper are expressed algorithms that are trying to predict melanomas using skin lesion and melanoma image’s, avoiding the need for a histologic exam. Furthermore, this avoidance is beneficial in terms of the costs and the level of intrusion that the patient usually suffers. In relation to the solutions, are presented two trained Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), using packages from Keras and TensorFlow. On the other hand, focusing on the results, the best model was one that only used Keras with an accuracy value of 91% and a loss value of 36% using the testing data. As a conclusion, as a last use case for the model, in the long term it could be used in a preventive way, used to detect if a skin lesion is a melanoma. These benefits are major improvements in current Healthcare techniques. Furthermore, the accuracy of the models, considering only that they only serve as a proof of concept, is considered a “success”.


Melanoma Data mining Classification Artificial intelligence 



This work has been supported by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: UID/CEC/00319/2019 and Deus ex Machina (DEM): Symbiotic technology for societal efficiency gains - NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000026.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Coelho
    • 1
  • Claudio Goncalves
    • 1
  • Filipe Portela
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manuel Filipe Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Algoritmi Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimaraesPortugal

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