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Feature extraction and classification of minelike targets from GPR data using Gaussian mixture models

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3 Author(s)
Carevic, D. ; Surveillance Syst. Div., DSTO, Salisbury, SA, Australia ; Chant, I. ; Caelli, T.

This paper presents a method for target-specific feature extraction from ground penetrating radar (GPR) signatures and examines the applicability of such features to classification of minelike targets. The signatures of a set of targets measured in soils with different dielectric permitivities and at various burial depths are used in the experiments. Each target, buried in one soil and at one particular depth, is represented by a set of complex poles computed from the ensemble of neighbouring target-specific signatures. The empirical probability density of the corresponding set of pole frequencies is modelled as a mixture of univariate Gaussian functions. Robust partial modelling algorithm is applied to determine the number of Gaussians in the mixture and to estimate their parameters. The procedure that uses the resulting target-specific Gaussian mixtures to compute the class-conditional probabilities of a target is applied for target classification

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Information, Decision and Control, 1999. IDC 99. Proceedings. 1999

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