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Using physics-based macroscopic and microscopic mixture models for hyperspectral pixel unmixing
Author(s): Ryan Close; Paul Gader; Joseph Wilson; Alina Zare
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Paper Abstract

A method of incorporating macroscopic and microscopic reflectance models into hyperspectral pixel unmixing is presented and discussed. A vast majority of hyperspectral unmixing methods rely on the linear mixture model to describe pixel spectra resulting from mixtures of endmembers. Methods exist to unmix hyperspectral pixels using nonlinear models, but rely on severely limiting assumptions or estimations of the nonlinearity. This paper will present a hyperspectral pixel unmixing method that utilizes the bidirectional reflectance distribution function to model microscopic mixtures. Using this model, along with the linear mixture model to incorporate macroscopic mixtures, this method is able to accurately unmix hyperspectral images composed of both macroscopic and microscopic mixtures. The mixtures are estimated directly from the hyperspectral data without the need for a priori knowledge of the mixture types. Results are presented using synthetic datasets, of macroscopic and microscopic mixtures, to demonstrate the increased accuracy in unmixing using this new physics-based method over linear methods. In addition, results are presented using a well-known laboratory dataset. Using these results, and other published results from this dataset, increased accuracy in unmixing over other nonlinear methods is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8390, Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery XVIII, 83901L (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919583
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Ryan Close, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Paul Gader, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Joseph Wilson, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Alina Zare, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8390:
Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery XVIII
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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