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The effect of modified Markov random fields on the local minima occurrence in microwave imaging

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2 Author(s)
G. Ferraiuolo ; Dipt. di Ingegneria Elettronica e delle Telecomunicazioni, Universita di Napoli "Federico II", Naples, Italy ; V. Pascazio

The application of a maximum a posteriori estimation method for microwave imaging that makes use of a Markov random field (MRF) a priori statistical model is presented. In particular, the MRF family adopted is generalized for complex profiles, characterized by a quadratic energy function and "modified" such to make it possible to statistically represent spatial interactions between real and imaginary parts. Thanks to its peculiarities, the use of this approach simultaneously favors in many cases well posedness and robustness against local minima occurrence, as well as high quality in the reconstructed images. Numerical results show the performance of the method.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 5 )