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17 October 2013 Combining polarimetric and contextual information using autoassociative neural networks
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In the last decade there has been a considerable development of spaceborne SAR sensors. All the major space agencies are planning future SAR missions with polarimetric capabilities. However there is still a need to guide electromagnetic and statistics theories that take advantage of this kind of information towards operational applications. The use of contextual information is often required for automatic interpretation and target detection. The implementation of fast and reliable algorithms that exploit both polarimetric and contextual information can be limited by the increased dimensionality of the problem. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is a data analysis technique that relies on a simple transformation of recorded observation, stored in a vector, to produce statistically independent variables. Non-Linear PCA is commonly seen as a non-linear generalization and extension of standard PCA. If non-linear correlations between variables exist, NLPCA will describe the data with greater accuracy and/or by fewer factors than PCA. In this work a combination of polarimetric and contextual information is performed using an Auto Associative Neural Network. A set of polarimetric input features were chosen together with contextual descriptors in order to produce an information set having lower dimensionality that can be exploited in a classification problem.
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Ruggero Giuseppe Avezzano, Fabio Del Frate, and Giovanni Schiavon "Combining polarimetric and contextual information using autoassociative neural networks", Proc. SPIE 8891, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques XIII, 88910J (17 October 2013);

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