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Endmember extraction and unmixing methods that exploit nonlinearity in hyperspectral data are receiving increased attention, but they have significant challenges. Global feature extraction methods such as isometric feature mapping have significant computational overhead, which is often addressed for the classification problem via landmark-based methods. Because landmark approaches are approximation methods, experimental results are often highly variable. We propose a new robust landmark selection method for the purpose of pixel unmixing that exploits spectral and spatial homogeneity in a local window kernel. We compare the performance of the method to several landmark selection methods in terms of reconstruction error and processing time.
Date of Publication: July 2013