25 August 2004 Attributes in tracking and classification with incomplete data
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An obvious use for feature and attribute data is for classification and in combat identification. The term classification is used broadly here to include discrimination, detection, target typing, identification, and pattern recognition. An additional use is in the data (or track) association process to reduce the misassociations, often called feature aided tracking. Previous papers discussed the integration of features and attributes into target track processing in addition to their use in multiple target classification. The distinction is made between feature and attribute data because they are processed differently. The term features applies to data from continuous sample space and attributes applies to data from discrete sample space. The primary concern of this paper is to address processing of attributes when there is incomplete data. For example in fusion of sensor data from distributed sensors, a sensor processor might make a hard decision on whether a target exhibits a specific target class (or attribute value) or not (without providing additional information such as likelihoods or probabilities). In another example, a sensor might distribute the likelihood of the most likely target class (or attribute property) and no information on the other possibilities. Both classification and attribute aided tracking is addressed for these examples of incomplete data. The purpose of this paper is to show the feasibility of a simple approach to dealing with incomplete data.
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Oliver E. Drummond "Attributes in tracking and classification with incomplete data", Proc. SPIE 5428, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2004, (25 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548356; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.548356

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