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Estimating matched filter amplitude probability functions by failure rate analysis

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1 Author(s)
Drumheller, D.M. ; Acoust. Div., Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA

Performance analysis of echolocation systems requires knowledge of the probability density function (pdf) or cumulative distribution function (cdf) of a matched filter output. A method is presented to estimate these and other probability functions from data by estimating the failure rate function, a function employed in reliability theory. The method can also be used to derive approximations to closed-form probability functions. The method is demonstrated using experimental sonar and radar clutter data and a closed-form radar clutter model

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 2 )