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Using radial basis functions to set thresholds for segmentation of signal from background on matched filter correlation surfaces
Author(s): Richard Edmondson; Michael Rodgers
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Paper Abstract

Using matched filters to find targets in cluttered images is an old idea. Human operators can interactively find threshold values to be applied to the correlation surface that will do a good job of binarizing it into signal/non-signal pixel regions. Automating the thresholding process with nine measured image statistics is the goal of this paper. The nine values are the mean, maximum, and standard deviation of three images: the input image presumed to have some signal, an NxN matched filter kernel in the shape of the signal, and the correlation surface generated by convolving the input image with the matched filter kernel. Several thousand input images with known target locations and reference images were run through a correlator with kernels that resembled the targets. The nine numbers referred to above were calculated in addition to a threshold found with a time consuming brutal algorithm. Multidimensional radial basis functions were associated with each nine number set. The bump height corresponded to the threshold value. The bump location was within a nine dimensional hypercube corresponding to the nine numbers scaled so that all the data fell within the interval 0 to 1 on each axis. The sigma (sharpness of the radial basis function) was calculated as a fraction of the squared distance to the closest neighboring bump. A new threshold is calculated as a weighted sum of all the Gaussian bumps in the vicinity of the input 9D vector. The paper will conclude with a table of results using this method compared to other methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6967, Automatic Target Recognition XVIII, 69670N (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778083
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Richard Edmondson, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Michael Rodgers, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6967:
Automatic Target Recognition XVIII
Firooz A. Sadjadi; Abhijit Mahalanobis, Editor(s)

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