For an introductory text, see the TEF project page.
In this paper, we use Genetic Programming (GP) to define a set of transforms on the space of grayscale images. The motivation is to allow an evolutionary algorithm means of transforming a set of image patterns into a more classifiable form. To this end, we introduce the notion of a Transform-based Evolvable Feature (TEF), a moment value extracted from a GP-transformed image, used in a classification task. Unlike many previous approaches, the TEF allows the whole image space to be searched and augmented. TEFs are instantiated through Cartesian Genetic Programming, and applied to a medical image classification task, that of detecting muscular dystrophy-indicating inclusions in cell images. It is shown that the inclusion of a single TEF allows for significantly superior classification relative to predefined features alone.