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Peering through a dirty window: a Bayesian approach to making mine detection decisions from noisy data

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Kercel, S.W. ; Instrum. & Controls Div., Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., TN, USA

For several reasons, Bayesian parameter estimation is superior to other methods for extracting features of a weak signal from noise. Since it exploits prior knowledge, the analysis begins from a more advantageous starting point than other methods. Also, since “nuisance parameters” can be dropped out of the Bayesian analysis, the description of the model need not be as complete as is necessary for such methods as matched filtering. In the limit for perfectly random noise and a perfect description of the model, the signal-to-noise ratio improves as the square root of the number of samples in the data. Even with the imperfections of real-world data, Bayesian approaches this ideal limit of performance more closely than other methods The article discusses the application to mine detection using sensor fusion

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 1998. 1998 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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11-14 Oct 1998

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