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Classification of crystallization outcomes using deep convolutional neural networks

PLOS One (2018)


The Machine Recognition of Crystallization Outcomes (MARCO) initiative has assembled roughly half a million annotated images of macromolecular crystallization experiments from various sources and setups. Here, state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms are trained and tested on different parts of this data set. We find that more than 94% of the test images can be correctly labeled, irrespective of their experimental origin. Because crystal recognition is key to high-density sampling and the systematic analysis of crystallization experiments, this approach opens the door to both industrial and fundamental research applications.

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