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A Spatial Contextual Postclassification Method for Preserving Linear Objects in Multispectral Imagery

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3 Author(s)
Rodriguez-Cuenca, B. ; Dept. of Math., Univ. of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Spain ; Malpica, J.A. ; Alonso, M.C.

Classification of remote sensing multispectral data is important for segmenting images and thematic mapping and is generally the first step in feature extraction. Per-pixel classification, based on spectral information alone, generally produces noisy classification results. The introduction of spatial information has been shown to be beneficial in removing most of this noise. Probabilistic label relaxation (PLR) has proved to be advantageous using second-order statistics; here, we present a modified contextual probabilistic relaxation method based on imposing directional information in the joint probability with third-order statistics. The proposed method was tested in synthetic images and real images; the results are compared with a “Majority” algorithm and the classical PLR method. The proposed third-order method gives the best results, both visually and numerically.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 1 )