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Detecting minelike targets: synergistic effects of correlated and uncorrelated sensor channels
Author(s): Daniel T. Cerutti; Ioan M. Chelaru; John E. R. Staddon
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Paper Abstract

We report results from an experiment designed to study the perceptual and learning processes involved in the detection of land mines. Subjects attempted to identify the location of spatially distributed targets identified by a sweeping a cursor across a computer screen. Invisible screen 'objects' were identified by either tones (A) or clicks (B) or both. Objects defined by a tone or a click only are distracters; the single object defined by both is the target (mine). We looked at the effect on target detectability of the number and spatial distribution of distracters. As expected from theoretical analysis, target detectability was highest when A and B distracters were negatively correlated; lowest when they were positively correlated. Under these conditions, detectability is was also inversely related to the number of A distracters (which were spatially diffuse) but was largely unaffected by the number of B distracters (which were punctate). Adding a second sensor channel greatly enhanced target detectability, especially if A and B distracters were spatially uncorrelated or negatively correlated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445414
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Daniel T. Cerutti, Duke Univ. (United States)
Ioan M. Chelaru, Duke Univ. (United States)
John E. R. Staddon, Duke Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4394:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Vivian George, Editor(s)

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