The unsupervised segmentation method proposed in the current study follows the evolutional ability of human vision to extrapolate significant structures in an image. In this work we adopt the perceptual grouping strategy by selecting the spectral clustering framework, which is known to capture perceptual organization features, as well as by developing similarity models according to Gestaltic laws of visual segregation. Our proposed framework applies but is not limited to the detection of cells and organelles in microscopic images and attempts to provide an effective alternative to presently dominating manual segmentation and tissue classification practice. The main theoretical contribution of our work resides in the formulation of robust similarity models which automatically adapt to the statistical structure of the biological domain and return optimal performance in pixel classification tasks under the wide variety of distributional assumptions.
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