18 September 1998 Target extraction using hierarchical clustering with refinement by probabilistic relaxation labeling
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A new multi-stage technique is presented for segmentation of targets of interest in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data. The method creates an initial coarse segmentation using a histogram-based approach that labels each pixel as foreground or background. The extents of targets of interest are then determined using a hierarchical clustering stage that utilizes a novel weighting of intensity and pixel position. Finally, each potential target's segmentation is improved using probabilistic relaxation labeling. The approach loosens the typical region-based segmentation paradigm that only contiguous pixels can compose a segment. The technique is useful both for target segmentation and as a pre-processing step to verify the fidelity of artificially-generated data with real data.
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Timothy S. Newman, Jinsoo Lee, Scott R. Vechinski, "Target extraction using hierarchical clustering with refinement by probabilistic relaxation labeling", Proc. SPIE 3371, Automatic Target Recognition VIII, (18 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323860; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.323860
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