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This paper presents a semi-supervised algorithm for the classification of water regions in SAR images. The proposed technique is based on region based level sets and non-parametric estimation of the probability density function (PDF) of the pixel intensities. The level set framework allows automatic topology adaptation and provides the regularization while the PDF's are estimated in each region using Parzen windows. Using non-parametric density estimation gives the method the flexibility to be used with different kinds of SAR data. To illustrate the performance of the proposed algorithm, the method is applied to the problems of river mapping and coastline extraction in real amplitude SAR images.
Date of Conference: 7-10 Nov. 2009