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Scale Mixture of Gaussians Modelling of Polarimetric SAR Data

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2 Author(s)
Doulgeris, A.P. ; Inst. of Phys., Tromso Univ. ; Eltoft, T.

This paper discusses a multivariate, non-Gaussian parametric modelling technique to analyse polarimetric SAR data. We investigate a simple class of multivariate non-Gaussian distributions, the 'scale mixture of Gaussians', and assess its "Goodness-of-fit" to the radar data. Four models are analysed and various characteristics of the models are interpreted, together with practical considerations with regard to parameter estimation. We observe that SAR data is often not Gaussian in distribution, being more highly peaked at zero and falling off more slowly than the Gaussian. It is shown that a single 'flexible' model is sufficient to capture the statistics of the SAR data, leading to a feature set of the modelled parameters. Image classification is then studied by means of the modelled data and compared with an existing land cover map

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Signal Processing Symposium, 2006. NORSIG 2006. Proceedings of the 7th Nordic

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June 2006