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Objective Comparison of Particle Tracking Methods

N. Chenouard, I. Smal, F. de Chaumont, M. Maška, I.F. Sbalzarini, Y. Gong, J. Cardinale, C. Carthel, S. Coraluppi, M. Winter, A.R. Cohen, W.J. Godinez, K. Rohr, Y. Kalaidzidis, L. Liang, J. Duncan, H. Shen, Y. Xu, K.E.G. Magnusson, J. Jaldén, H.M. Blau, P. Paul-Gilloteaux, P. Roudot, C. Kervrann, F. Waharte, J.-Y. Tinevez, S.L. Shorte, J. Willemse, K. Celler, G.P. van Wezel, H.-W. Dan, Y.-S. Tsai, C. Ortiz de Solórzano, J.-C. Olivo-Marin, E. Meijering

Nature Methods—Techniques for Life Scientists and Chemists, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 281-290, March 2014.

Particle tracking is of key importance for quantitative analysis of intracellular dynamic processes from time-lapse microscopy image data. Because manually detecting and following large numbers of individual particles is not feasible, automated computational methods have been developed for these tasks by many groups. Aiming to perform an objective comparison of methods, we gathered the community and organized an open competition in which participating teams applied their own methods independently to a commonly defined data set including diverse scenarios. Performance was assessed using commonly defined measures. Although no single method performed best across all scenarios, the results revealed clear differences between the various approaches, leading to notable practical conclusions for users and developers.

AUTHOR="Chenouard, N. and Smal, I. and de Chaumont, F. and Ma{\v{s}}ka,
        M. and Sbalzarini, I.F. and Gong, Y. and Cardinale, J. and Carthel,
        C. and Coraluppi, S. and Winter, M. and Cohen, A.R. and Godinez,
        W.J. and Rohr, K. and Kalaidzidis, Y. and Liang, L. and Duncan, J.
        and Shen, H. and Xu, Y. and Magnusson, K.E.G. and Jald{\'{e}}n, J.
        and Blau, H.M. and Paul-Gilloteaux, P. and Roudot, P. and Kervrann,
        C. and Waharte, F. and Tinevez, J.-Y. and Shorte, S.L. and Willemse,
        J. and Celler, K. and van Wezel, G.P. and Dan, H.-W. and Tsai, Y.-S.
        and Ortiz de Sol{\'{o}}rzano, C. and Olivo-Marin, J.-C. and
        Meijering, E.",
TITLE="Objective Comparison of Particle Tracking Methods",
JOURNAL="Nature Methods---Techniques for Life Scientists and Chemists",

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