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MSTAR evaluation methodology
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Paper Abstract

MSTAR is a SAR ATR exploratory development effort and has devoted significant resources to regular independent evaluations. This paper will review the current state of the MSTAR evaluation methodology. The MSTAR evaluations have helped bring into focus a number of issues related to SAR ATR evaluation (and often ATR evaluation in general). The principles from MSTAR's three years of evaluations are explained and evaluation specifics, from the selection of test conditions and figures-of-merit to the development of evaluation tools, are reported. MSTAR now has a more mature understanding of the critical aspects of independence in evaluation and of the general relationship between evaluation and the program's goals and the systems engineering necessary to meet those goals. MSTAR has helped to develop general concepts, such as assessing ATR extensibility and scalability. Other specific contributions to evaluation methods, such as nuances in figure-of-merit definitions, are also detailed. In summary, this paper describes the MSTAR framework for the design, execution, and interpretation of SAR ATR evaluations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3721, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI, (13 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357686
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy D. Ross, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John C. Mossing, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3721:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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