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A fast algorithm for global minimization of maximum likelihood based on ultrasound image segmentation

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  • This paper presents a novel variational model for ultrasound image segmentation that uses a maximum likelihood estimator based on Fisher-Tippett distribution of the intensities of ultrasound images. A convex relaxation method is applied to get a convex model of the subproblem with fixed distribution parameters. The relaxed subproblem, which is convex, can be fast solved by using a primal-dual hybrid gradient algorithm. The experimental results on simulated and real ultrasound images indicate the effectiveness of the method presented.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 62H35; Secondary: 65K10.


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