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The problem of statistical pattern recognition with noisy or imprecise feature measurements is considered. An exact analytical expression is found for the probability of misclassification under this condition, for multiclass multivariate systems. The probability of error exceeds that of the ideal case for the special case of two classes, the a priori conditional probability density functions are assumed to be normal, along with the two cases of feature measurement error, namely normal and uniform probability density functions. Monotonicity of the misclassification probability with measurement error variance is shown. Numerical results are presented for both cases over a workable range of parameters. The study is useful in practical pattern recognition problems.
Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:SMC-13 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 1983