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Successful data representation is a fundamental factor in machine learning based medical imaging analysis. Deep Learning (DL) has taken an essential role in robust representation learning. However, the inability of deep models to generalize to unseen data can quickly overfit intricate patterns. Thereby, we can conveniently implement strategies to aid deep models in discovering useful priors from data to learn their intrinsic properties. Our model, which we call a dual role network (DRN), uses a dependency maximization approach based on Least Squared Mutual Information (LSMI). LSMI leverages dependency measures to ensure representation invariance and local smoothness. While prior works have used information theory dependency measures like mutual information, these are known to be computationally expensive due to the density estimation step. In contrast, our proposed DRN with LSMI formulation does not require the density estimation step and can be used as an alternative to approximate mutual information. Experiments on the CT based COVID-19 Detection and COVID-19 Severity Detection benchmarks of the 2nd COV19D competition demonstrate the effectiveness of our method compared to the baseline method of such competition.

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