Friday, September 30, 2011

Chromosomes classification with a configurable pygame script

Up to now miniKar doesn't recognize chromosomes. It is used to build a training set for :
  • supervised learning.
  • features selection
miniKar can be configured with a configuration file which specify the path to the chromosomes images and the categories of of the training set (but also the size and positions of the red areas, representing the categories).
#read by
[Images Path]
categories_list=single chr,touching chr,nuclei,dusts
From left to right, the red areas represents
  • the single chromosomes.
  • the overlapping chromosomes
  • the nuclei
  • dusts (or segmentation artifacts)
By varying, the number of categories, it is already possible to perform by hand, a real karyotyping, even there is no tool to resolve overlapping chromosomes.
To use miniKar, three files must be in the same directory:
Suppose we want to classify the following particles into one of the four categories:
  1. single chromosome
  2. touching chromosomes
  3. nuclei
  4. dust
First download a chromosome dataset  then store it somewhere. On a ubuntu/linux the path to the images may be :
Modify the configuration.cfg file to fit the path, for example:


Run from a console by : python or from your favorite IDE (spyder, ninja-ide,...). Something like this should be visible:
The green background is uggly, but the small things are visible. After having classified the different chromosomes, one can have :
On pressing  the keyboard Esc,  minikar save a first file which associes the file name of a particle and its category and produce a second one in the csv format.
To classify the chromosomes from several  metaphases, the configuration.cfg file must be modified for each metaphase:
To classify the metaphase 13 in the folder exampleslide , modify the file as:
If features are computed for each particle, then they can be associated to a category for further processing with a classifier. Here, chromosomes from 14 metaphases were classified, five features related to the convex hull were used.