Assessment of chromite liberation spectrum on microscopic images by means of a supervised image classification

Camalan M., Cavur M., Hosten C.

POWDER TECHNOLOGY, vol.322, pp.214-225, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 322
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.powtec.2017.08.063
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-225
  • Keywords: Mineral liberation, Optical microscope, Random forest tree, Image classification, Mineral liberation analyzer, MINERAL LIBERATION, METALLURGICAL PERFORMANCE, PARTICLES, FLOTATION, INTERPOLATION, DEPOSIT, MODEL, TOOL
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Assessment of mineral liberation spectrum with all its aspects is essential for plant control and optimization. This paper aims to estimate 2D mineral map and its associated liberation spectrum of a particular chromite sample from optical micrographs by using Random Forest Classification, a powerful machine-learning algorithm implemented on a user-friendly and an open-source software. This supervised classification method can be used to accurately generate 2D mineral map of this chromite sample. The variation of the measured spectra with the sample size is studied, showing that images of 200 particles randomly selected from the optical micrographs are sufficient to reproduce liberation spectrum of this sample. In addition, the 2D spectrum obtained with this classification method is compared with the one obtained from the Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA). Although 2D mineralogical compositions obtained by the two methods are quite similar, microscopic analysis estimates poorer liberation than MLA due to the residual noise (misclassified gangue) generated by the classification. Nevertheless, we cannot compare the reliabilities of the two methods, as there is not a standard produce yet to quantify the accuracy of MLA analysis. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.