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19 May 2005 Exploration of high-dimensional data manifolds for object classification
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This investigation discusses the challenge of target classification in terms of intrinsic dimensionality estimation and selection of appropriate feature manifolds with object-specific classifier optimization. The feature selection process will be developed via nonlinear characterization and extraction of the target-conditional manifolds derived from the training data. We investigate defining the feature space used for classification as a class-conditioned nonlinear embedding, i.e., each training and test image is embedded in a target-specific embedding and the resultant embeddings are used for statistical characterization. We compare and contrast this novel embedding technique with Principal Component Analysis. The α-Jensen Entropy Difference measure is used to quantify the object-conditioned separation between the target distributions in the feature spaces. We discuss and demonstrate the effect of feature space extraction on classification efficacy.
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Nitesh Shah, Donald Waagen, Miguel Ordaz, Mary Cassabaum, and Albert Coit "Exploration of high-dimensional data manifolds for object classification", Proc. SPIE 5807, Automatic Target Recognition XV, (19 May 2005);


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