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A nonparametric approach for statistical comparison of results from alternative forced choice experiments
Author(s): Frédéric Noo; Adam Wunderlich; Dominic Heuscher; Katharina Schmitt; Zhicong Yu
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Paper Abstract

Task-based image quality assessment is a valuable methodology for development, optimization and evaluation of new image formation processes in x-ray computed tomography (CT), as well as in other imaging modalities. A simple way to perform such an assessment is through the use of two (or more) alternative forced choice (AFC) experiments. In this paper, we are interested in drawing statistical inference from outcomes of multiple AFC experiments that are obtained using multiple readers as well as multiple cases. We present a non-parametric covariance estimator for this problem. Then, we illustrate its usefulness with a practical example involving x-ray CT simulations. The task for this example is classification between presence or absence of one lesion with unknown location within a given object. This task is used for comparison of three standard image reconstruction algorithms in x-ray CT using four human observers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8673, Medical Imaging 2013: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 86730F (28 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2008154
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Frédéric Noo, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Adam Wunderlich, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Dominic Heuscher, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Katharina Schmitt, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Zhicong Yu, The Univ. of Utah (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8673:
Medical Imaging 2013: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Craig K. Abbey; Claudia R. Mello-Thoms, Editor(s)

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