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An investigation into the feasibility of applying pattern recognition concepts to the classification of metallic objects by their electromagnetic induction responses was performed. The effect on the response of a limited set of steel spheroids due to various factors such as object shape, size, and orientation was examined and a pattern recognition scheme based on these results was proposed. Implementation of the scheme involved the development of a novel extension to the nearest mean vector type of classifier in which the concept of the class mean as a point in feature space was generalized to be a curve. The resultant pattern recognition scheme was tested on a representative test set which included 815 responses, corresponding to 104 variations in object and orientation. A success rate of greater than 96 percent was achieved. It is noted that the classifier extension developed provides a viable approach to classification of responses that very continuously with respect to a single parameter.