In this article, we present an automatic leaves image classification system for sunflower crops using neural networks, which could be used in selective herbicide applications. The system is comprised of four main stages. First, a segmentation based on rgb color space is performed. Second, many different features are detected and then extracted from the segmented image. Third, the most discriminable set of features are selected. Finally, the Generalized Softmax Perceptron (GSP) neural network architecture is used in conjunction with the recently proposed Posterior Probability Model Selection (PPMS) algorithm for complexity selection in order to select the leaves in an image and then classify them either as sunflower or non-sunflower. The experimental results show that the proposed system achieves a high level of accuracy with only five selected discriminative features obtaining an average Correct Classification Rate of 85\% and an area under the receiver operation curve over 90\%, for the test set. {\^A}{\textcopyright} 2011 Elsevier B.V.

}, keywords = {accuracy assessment, agricultural technology, algorithm, artificial neural network, automation, Classification rates, Computer vision, Crops, dicotyledon, Discriminative features, experimental study, Generalized softmax perceptron, Helianthus, herbicide, Herbicide application, Herbicides, Image classification, Image classification systems, Leaf classification, Learning machines, Model selection, Network architecture, Neural networks, Posterior probability, RGB color space, segmentation, Segmented images, Sunflower, Test sets}, issn = {01681699}, doi = {10.1016/j.compag.2011.05.007}, url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79960909222\&partnerID=40\&md5=21ed82f5d64eed47a0ed6821b492675d}, author = {Juan I. Arribas and G V Sanchez-Ferrero and G Ruiz-Ruiz and Jaime Gomez-Gil} } @article {420, title = {A model selection algorithm for a posteriori probability estimation with neural networks}, journal = {IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks}, volume = {16}, year = {2005}, pages = {799-809}, abstract = {This paper proposes a novel algorithm to jointly determine the structure and the parameters of a posteriori probability model based on neural networks (NNs). It makes use of well-known ideas of pruning, splitting, and merging neural components and takes advantage of the probabilistic interpretation of these components. The algorithm, so called a posteriori probability model selection (PPMS), is applied to an NN architecture called the generalized softmax perceptron (GSP) whose outputs can be understood as probabilities although results shown can be extended to more general network architectures. Learning rules are derived from the application of the expectation-maximization algorithm to the GSP-PPMS structure. Simulation results show the advantages of the proposed algorithm with respect to other schemes. {\^A}{\textcopyright} 2005 IEEE.

}, keywords = {algorithm, Algorithms, article, artificial neural network, Automated, automated pattern recognition, Biological, biological model, Breast Neoplasms, breast tumor, classification, cluster analysis, computer analysis, Computer-Assisted, computer assisted diagnosis, Computer simulation, Computing Methodologies, decision support system, Decision Support Techniques, Diagnosis, Estimation, evaluation, Expectation-maximization, Generalized Softmax Perceptron (GSP), human, Humans, mathematical computing, Mathematical models, methodology, Models, Model selection, Neural networks, Neural Networks (Computer), Numerical Analysis, Objective function, Pattern recognition, Posterior probability, Probability, Statistical, statistical model, statistics, Stochastic Processes}, issn = {10459227}, doi = {10.1109/TNN.2005.849826}, url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-23044459586\&partnerID=40\&md5=f00e7d86a625cfc466373a2a938276d0}, author = {Juan I. Arribas and Jes{\'u}s Cid-Sueiro} }