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Determining optical-correlator filter capacity using fractal dimension as a complexity measure
Author(s): Elizabeth C. Botha; Nicho G. Bouma
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Paper Abstract

Optical correlation is an efficient parallel implementation of image classifiers. One formulation of the holographic filter in the optical correlator is the Least Squares Discriminant Function (LSDF), wherein the shape of the whole correlation function is specified when training the filter. An issue of particular interest is the capacity of the filter, or the number of training images that can be used while still retaining discrimination capability. To investigate the capacity of an LSDF filter, and to be more general than just testing on a particular type of image, the fractal dimension of the images was used as an objective complexity measure of the images that the filter is trained with. Non-linear preprocessing, specifically edge detection, was used to increase the filter capacity and the discriminatory capabilities of the correlator. Simulation experiments of these issues are described and the results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2051, International Conference on Optical Information Processing, (21 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166045
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Elizabeth C. Botha, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)
Nicho G. Bouma, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2051:
International Conference on Optical Information Processing
Yuri V. Gulyaev; Dennis R. Pape, Editor(s)

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