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The distributed detection problem in wireless sensor networks is studied under the impulsive α-stable noise assumption. Since symmetric α-stable density does not have a closed form, its approximation, the bi-parameter Cauchy Gaussian mixture model, is used to describe the impulsive behavior of α-stable noises. With this model, we propose a low-complexity robust fusion rule by taking the maximin setting with respect to the detection probability. An explicit formula for the detection probability is derived. Robustness of the proposed maximin fusion rule is justified by numerical and simulation results for α-stable noises.
Date of Publication: June 2011