Technical note non-parametric test of overlap in multispectral classification

A. K. Skidmore, G. W. Forbes, D. J. Carpenter

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Many strategies have been developed for the allocation of image pixels, or picture elements, to classes in order to obtain segmentation of images. Difficulties are encountered when a pixel may be assigned to more than one class according to the information gleaned from training sets. The following question arises: is there real overlap or are the training sets spectrally discrete? A general algorithm is presented which quantifies the degree of overlap of classes defined by training sets drawn from an image. Test results show that age classes within a forest plantation are spectrally discrete, even though poor classification accuracies were obtained using conventional classifiers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-785
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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