Bayesian object recognition with Baddeley's delta loss

Håvard Rue*, Anne Randi Syversveen

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A common problem in Bayesian object recognition using marked point process models is to produce a point estimate of the true underlying object configuration: the number of objects and the size, location and shape of each object. We use decision theory and the concept of loss functions to design a more reasonable estimator for this purpose, rather than using the common zero-one loss corresponding to the maximum a posteriori estimator. We propose to use the squared Δ-metric of Baddeley (1992) as our loss function and demonstrate that the corresponding optimal Bayesian estimator can be well approximated by combining Markov chain Monte Carlo methods with simulated annealing into a two-step algorithm. The proposed loss function is tested using a marked point process model developed for locating cells in confocal microscopy images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-84
Number of pages21
JournalAdvances in Applied Probability
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian inference
  • Confocal microscopy images
  • Distance between images
  • Marked point processes
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
  • Object recognition
  • Template models
  • Unsymmetric loss functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Applied Mathematics


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