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Parameter Selection in Sparsity-Driven SAR Imaging

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2 Author(s)
Batu, O. ; Fac. of Eng. & Natural Sci, Sabanc Univ., Istanbul, Turkey ; Cetin, M.

We consider a recently developed sparsity-driven synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging approach which can produce superresolution, feature-enhanced images. However, this regularization-based approach requires the selection of a hyper-parameter in order to generate such high-quality images. In this paper we present a number of techniques for automatically selecting the hyper-parameter involved in this problem. We propose and develop numerical procedures for the use of Stein's unbiased risk estimation, generalized cross-validation, and L-curve techniques for automatic parameter choice. We demonstrate and compare the effectiveness of these procedures through experiments based on both simple synthetic scenes, as well as electromagnetically simulated realistic data. Our results suggest that sparsity-driven SAR imaging coupled with the proposed automatic parameter choice procedures offers significant improvements over conventional SAR imaging.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 4 )