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Discriminative Feature Selection for Automatic Classification of Volcano-Seismic Signals

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5 Author(s)
Isaac Alvarez ; Department of Signal Theory, Telematics and Communications, University of Granada , Granada, Spain ; Luz Garcia ; Guillermo Cortes ; Carmen Benitez
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Feature extraction is a critical element in automatic pattern classification. In this letter, we propose different sets of parameters for classification of volcano-seismic signals, and the discriminative feature selection (DFS) method is applied for selecting the minimum number of features containing most of the discriminative information. We have applied DFS to a conventional cepstral-based parameterization (with 39 features) and to an extended set of parameters (including 84 features). Classification experiments using seismograms recorded at Colima Volcano (Mexico) show that, for the most complex classifier and using the cepstral-based parameterization, DFS provided a reduction of the error rate from 24.3% (using 39 features) to 15.5% (ten components). When DFS is applied to the extended parameterization, the error rate decreased from 27.9% (84 features) to 13.8% (14 features). These results show the utility of DFS for identifying the best components from the original feature vector and for exploring new parameterizations for the classification of volcano-seismic signals.

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )