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Superpixel Endmember Detection

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4 Author(s)
Thompson, D.R. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Mandrake, L. ; Gilmore, M.S. ; Castano, R.

Superpixels are homogeneous image regions comprised of multiple contiguous pixels. Superpixel representations can reduce noise in hyperspectral images by exploiting the spatial contiguity of scene features. This paper combines superpixels with endmember extraction to produce concise mineralogical summaries that assist in browsing large image catalogs. First, a graph-based agglomerative algorithm oversegments the image. We then use segments' mean spectra as input to existing statistical endmember detection algorithms such as sequential maximum angle convex cone (SMACC) and N-FINDR. Experiments compare automatically detected endmembers to target minerals in an Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) scene of Cuprite, Nevada. We also consider a planetary science data set from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer (CRISM) instrument that benefits from spatial averaging due to higher noise. In both cases, superpixel representations significantly reduce the computational complexity of later processing while improving endmembers' match to the target spectra.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 11 )