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PolSAR Data Segmentation by Combining Tensor Space Cluster Analysis and Markovian Framework

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3 Author(s)
Yinghua Wang ; Institute of Integrated Automation, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China ; Chongzhao Han ; Florence Tupin

We present a new segmentation method for the fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) data by coupling the cluster analysis in the tensor space and the Markov random field (MRF) framework. The PolSAR data are usually obtained as a set of 3 ?? 3 Hermitian positive definite polarimetric covariance matrices, which do not form a Euclidean space. If we regard each matrix as a tensor, the PolSAR data space can be represented as a Riemannian manifold. First, the mean shift algorithm is extended to the manifold to cluster such tensors. Then, under the MRF framework, the data energy term is defined by the memberships of all tensors in all the clusters, and the smoothness energy term is defined according to the cluster overlap rates. These parameters regarding the cluster analysis are computed under the Riemannian framework. The total energy is minimized using a graph-cut-based optimization to achieve the segmentation results. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified using real fully PolSAR data and synthetic images.

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )