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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Polarimetric synthetic aperture radar image classification using fuzzy logic in the H/α-Wishart algorithm
Author(s): Teng Zhu; Jie Yu; Xiaojuan Li; Jie Yang

Paper Abstract

To solve the problem that the H/α-Wishart unsupervised classification algorithm can generate only inflexible clusters due to arbitrarily fixed zone boundaries in the clustering processing, a refined fuzzy logic based classification scheme called the H/α-Wishart fuzzy clustering algorithm is proposed in this paper. A fuzzy membership function was developed for the degree of pixels belonging to each class instead of an arbitrary boundary. To devise a unified fuzzy function, a normalized Wishart distance is proposed during the clustering step in the new algorithm. Then the degree of membership is computed to implement fuzzy clustering. After an iterative procedure, the algorithm yields a classification result. The new classification scheme is applied to two L-band polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) images and an X-band high-resolution PolSAR image of a field in LingShui, Hainan Province, China. Experimental results show that the classification precision of the refined algorithm is greater than that of the H/α-Wishart algorithm and that the refined algorithm performs well in differentiating shadows and water areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 2015
PDF: 17 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1) 096098 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.096098
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Teng Zhu, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Jie Yu, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Xiaojuan Li, Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Jie Yang, Wuhan Univ. (China)


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