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    Syntactic approach

    What is a syntactic approach?
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    Syntactic means conforming to syntax, but what is the context?
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    it is in context with shape classification of retinal ganglion cells.
    it is being used to identify cells from their shape.


    can u please shed more light on what you said?
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    Heres the definition of syntax: syntax: Definition from Answers.com

    For me, the word is used most often to refer to computer programming languages, where correct syntax is essential to working programs, but definition number 3 gives a more general use of it. "A systematic, orderly arrangement."

    In your context, I would guess it simply means classifying different cells by their shape, and using this 'syntax' as an identification method (As opposed to any other identification methods there may be, using some chemical/physical process).
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    Quote Originally Posted by adi87 View Post
    it is in context with shape classification of retinal ganglion cells.
    it is being used to identify cells from their shape.
    There is a branch of pattern recognition known as syntactic pattern recognition (sometimes called structural pattern recognition) which makes use of grammars that describe the patterns to be recognized. Generally, classes to be recognized are described by collections of tokens (pattern "features"), which are in turn described by yet smaller tokens, and so forth until pattern primitives are reached. This provides a certain amount of flexibility which can be difficult to achieve in more conventional, statistical pattern recognition techniques which mostly operate on fixed-length vectors of data (and then, often only numeric data).

    There are several books on the subject, but interest in this field seems to have faded considerably over time (which I believe is due to the difficulty of applying this technique).


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