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Defect classification of highly noisy NDE data using classifier ensembles
Author(s): Kai F. Goebel; Weizhong Yan; Neil H. W. Eklund; Xiao Hu; Viswanath Avasarala; Jose R. Celaya
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present a feature selection and classification approach that was used to assess highly noisy sensor data from a NDE field study. Multiple, heterogeneous NDT sensors were employed to examine the solid structure. The goal was to differentiate between two types of phenomena occurring in a solid structure where one phenomenon was benign, the other was malignant. Manual distinction between these two types is almost impossible. To address these issues, we used sensor validation techniques to select the best available sensor that had the least noise effects and the best defect signature in the region of interest. Hundreds of features were formulated and extracted from data of the selected sensors. Next, we employed separability measures and correlation measures to select the most promising set of features. Because the NDE sensors poorly described the different defect types under consideration, the resulting features also exhibited poor separability. The focus of this paper is on how one can improve the classification under these constraints while minimizing the risk of overfitting (the number of field data was small). Results are shown from a number of different classifiers and classifier ensembles that were tuned to a set true positive rate using the Neyman-Pearson criterion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6167, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications, 61671O (30 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659704
Show Author Affiliations
Kai F. Goebel, GE Global Research (United States)
Weizhong Yan, GE Global Research (United States)
Neil H. W. Eklund, GE Global Research (United States)
Xiao Hu, GE Global Research (United States)
Viswanath Avasarala, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jose R. Celaya, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6167:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications
Daniele Inaudi; Wolfgang Ecke; Brian Culshaw; Kara J. Peters; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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