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Multitemporal/multiband SAR classification of urban areas using spatial analysis: statistical versus neural kernel-based approach

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4 Author(s)
Pellizzeri, T.M. ; INFOCOM Dept., Univ. of Rome, Italy ; Gamba, P. ; Lombardo, P. ; Dell'Acqua, F.

In this paper, we derive two techniques for the classification of multifrequency/multitemporal polarimetric SAR images, based respectively on a statistical and on a neural approach. Both techniques are especially designed to exploit the spatial structure of the observed scene, thus allowing more stable classification results. Such techniques are useful when looking at medium- to large-scale features, like the boundaries between urban and nonurban areas. They are applied to a set of SIR-C images of a urban area, to test their effectiveness in the identification of the different classes that compose the observed scene. A lower and an upper bound to the classification performance are introduced to characterize their limits. They correspond respectively to pixel-by-pixel classification and to the joint classification of the pixels belonging to the different classes identified in the ground truth. The results achieved with the two approaches are quantitatively analyzed by comparing them to the ground truth. Moreover, a hybrid approach is presented, where the homogeneous regions identified through statistical segmentation are classified using a neurofuzzy technique. Finally, a quantitative analysis of the results achieved with all the proposed techniques is carried out, showing that their classification performance is much higher than the lower bound and reasonably close to the upper bound. This is a consequence of their effectiveness in the exploitation of the spatial information.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

Oct. 2003

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