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Fuzzy segmentation for geographic object-based image analysis
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Paper Abstract

Image segmentation partitions remote sensing images into image objects before assigning them to categorical land cover classes. Current segmentation methods require users to invest considerable time and effort in the search for meaningful image objects. As an alternative method we propose 'fuzzy' segmentation that offers more flexibility in dealing with remote sensing uncertainty. In the proposed method, original bands are processed using regression techniques to output fuzzy image regions which express degrees of membership to target land cover classes. Contextual properties of fuzzy regions can be measured to indicate potential spectral confusion. A 'defuzzification' process is subsequently conducted to produce the categorical land cover classes. This method was tested using data sets of both high and medium spatial resolution. The results indicate that this approach is able to produce classification with satisfying accuracy and requires very little user interaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7478, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology IX, 74781M (7 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830477
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Ivan Lizarazo, Univ. Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas (United Kingdom)
Paul Elsner, Univ. of London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7478:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology IX
Ulrich Michel; Daniel L. Civco, Editor(s)

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