Semi-automatic choice of scale-dependent features for satellite SAR image classification

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università di Pavia, Via Ferrata, 1, 1-27100 Pavia, Italy
Pattern Recognition Letters (Impact Factor: 1.55). 03/2006; 27(4):244-251. DOI: 10.1016/j.patrec.2005.08.005
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In this work we compare two different approaches to the use of multiple scales in the classification process of satellite SAR images. These are (I) the multi-scale co-occurrence texture analysis and (II) the semivariogram approach. Moreover, we propose a scheme for optimizing the co-occurrence window size and the semivariogram lag distances in terms of classification accuracy performance. To improve the results even further, we introduce a methodology to compute the co-occurrence features with a window consistent with the local scale, provided by the semivariogram analysis.Examples of satellite SAR image segmentation for urban area characterization are shown to validate the procedure.

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    • "This is why every day more the leaning is to process images with a multi-scale or hierarchical technique [17], [11], that offer as result a segmentation of the image for each scale or level, respectively. Multi-scale techniques are mainly based on study the evolution of the contours through different scales, by blurring the image more in each scale and then performing a new segmentation. "
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    • "Damage maps will be computed for the whole data set, but they will be significant in urban areas only. This requires a urban/surrounding discrimination by means of a preliminary step, which may be obtained by the same SAR image, using for instance the textural feature analysis proposed in [21]. A more efficient way would be however to use ancillary data. "
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    • "To make the whole procedure as much data-driven as possible, automatic methodologies to extract the scale of an image are required. This is one interesting line of research [11], actively pursued but very difficult to work at very high spatial resolution given the enormous number of possible combinations and the abrupt scale changes that may occur moving from one part to another even of the same town. One of the major points related to this research is therefore an efficient and safe feature selection strategy, able to maintain the selected set into a reasonable dimensionality, but also to adapt to different problems. "
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