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6 March 2002 Factoring a priori classifier performance into decision fusion
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In this paper we present methods to enhance the classification rate in decision fusion with partially redundant information by manipulating the input to the fusion scheme using a priori performance information. Intuitively, it seems to make sense to trust a more reliable tool more than a less reliable one without discounting the less reliable one completely. For a multi-class classifier, the reliability per class must be considered. In addition, complete ignorance for any given class must also be factored into the fusion process to ensure that all faults are equally well represented. However, overly trusting the best classifier will not permit the fusion tool to achieve results that rate beyond the best classifiers performance. We assume that the performance of classifiers to be fused is known, and show how to take advantage of this information. In particular, we glean pertinent performance information from the classifier confusion matrices and their cousin, the relevance matrix. We further demonstrate how to integrate a priori performance information within an hierarchical fusion architecture. We investigate several schemes for these operations and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. We then apply the concepts introduced to the diagnostic realm where we aggregate the output of several different diagnostic tools. We present results motivated from diagnosing on-board faults in aircraft engines.
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Kai Goebel and Shreesh P. Mysore "Factoring a priori classifier performance into decision fusion", Proc. SPIE 4731, Sensor Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications VI, (6 March 2002);

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