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  1. Abstract Motivation

    Neural networks have been widely used to analyze high-throughput microscopy images. However, the performance of neural networks can be significantly improved by encoding known invariance for particular tasks. Highly relevant to the goal of automated cell phenotyping from microscopy image data is rotation invariance. Here we consider the application of two schemes for encoding rotation equivariance and invariance in a convolutional neural network, namely, the group-equivariant CNN (G-CNN), and a new architecture with simple, efficient conic convolution, for classifying microscopy images. We additionally integrate the 2D-discrete-Fourier transform (2D-DFT) as an effective means for encoding global rotational invariance. We call our new method the Conic Convolution and DFT Network (CFNet).


    We evaluated the efficacy of CFNet and G-CNN as compared to a standard CNN for several different image classification tasks, including simulated and real microscopy images of subcellular protein localization, and demonstrated improved performance. We believe CFNet has the potential to improve many high-throughput microscopy image analysis applications.

    Availability and implementation

    Source code of CFNet is available at:

    Supplementary information

    Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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