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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Parameter optimization of image classification techniques to delineate crowns of coppice trees on UltraCam-D aerial imagery in woodlands
Author(s): Yousef Erfanifard; Krzysztof Stereńczak; Negin Behnia
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Paper Abstract

Estimating the optimal parameters of some classification techniques becomes their negative aspect as it affects their performance for a given dataset and reduces classification accuracy. It was aimed to optimize the combination of effective parameters of support vector machine (SVM), artificial neural network (ANN), and object-based image analysis (OBIA) classification techniques by the Taguchi method. The optimized techniques were applied to delineate crowns of Persian oak coppice trees on UltraCam-D very high spatial resolution aerial imagery in Zagros semiarid woodlands, Iran. The imagery was classified and the maps were assessed by receiver operating characteristic curve and other performance metrics. The results showed that Taguchi is a robust approach to optimize the combination of effective parameters in these image classification techniques. The area under curve (AUC) showed that the optimized OBIA could well discriminate tree crowns on the imagery (AUC=0.897), while SVM and ANN yielded slightly less AUC performances of 0.819 and 0.850, respectively. The indices of accuracy (0.999) and precision (0.999) and performance metrics of specificity (0.999) and sensitivity (0.999) in the optimized OBIA were higher than with other techniques. The optimization of effective parameters of image classification techniques by the Taguchi method, thus, provided encouraging results to discriminate the crowns of Persian oak coppice trees on UltraCam-D aerial imagery in Zagros semiarid woodlands.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2014
PDF: 19 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1) 083520 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.083520
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Yousef Erfanifard, Shiraz Univ. (Iran)
Krzysztof Stereńczak, Instytut Badawczy Lesnictwa (Poland)
Negin Behnia, Shiraz Univ. (Iran)


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