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Cost-sensitive and modular land-cover classification based on posterior probability estimates

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Many types of nonlinear classifiers have been proposed to automatically generate land-cover maps from satellite images. Some are based on the estimation of posterior class probabilities, whereas others estimate the decision boundary directly. In this paper, we propose a modular design able to focus the learning process on the decision boundary by using posterior probability estimates. To do so, we use a self-configuring architecture that incorporates specialized modules to deal with conflicting classes, and we apply a learning algorithm that focuses learning on the posterior probability regions that are critical for the performance of the decision problem stated by the user-defined misclassification costs. Moreover, we show that by filtering the posterior probability map, the impulsive noise, which is a common effect in automatic land-cover classification, can be significantly reduced. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed solutions on real multi- and hyperspectral images, versus other typical approaches, that are not based on probability estimates, such as Support Vector Machines.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Dpto. de Teoria de la Senal y Comunicaciones, Campus de Fuenlabrada, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Fuenlabrada-Madrid, Spain 2: Dpto. de Ingenieria Electrica, Sistemas y Automatica, Campus de Vegazana, Universidad de Leon, Leon, Spain 3: Dpto. de Teoria de la Senal y Comunicaciones, EPS, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes-Madrid, Spain

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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