A Multiple Cascade-Classifier System for a Robust and Partially Unsupervised Updating of Land-Cover Maps

Bruzzone, Lorenzo and Cossu, Roberto (2002) A Multiple Cascade-Classifier System for a Robust and Partially Unsupervised Updating of Land-Cover Maps. UNSPECIFIED.

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    A system for a regular updating of land-cover maps is proposed that is based on the use of multitemporal remote-sensing images. Such a system is able to face the updating problem under the realistic but critical constraint that, for the image to be classified (i.e., the most recent of the considered multitemporal data set), no ground truth information is available. The system is composed of an ensemble of partially unsupervised classifiers integrated in a multiple classifier architecture. Each classifier of the ensemble exhibits the following novel peculiarities: i) it is developed in the framework of the cascade-classification approach to exploit the temporal correlation existing between images acquired at different times in the considered area; ii) it is based on a partially unsupervised methodology capable to accomplish the classification process under the aforementioned critical constraint. Both a parametric maximum-likelihood classification approach and a non-parametric radial basis function (RBF) neural-network classification approach are used as basic methods for the development of partially unsupervised cascade classifiers. In addition, in order to generate an effective ensemble of classification algorithms, hybrid maximum-likelihood and RBF neural network cascade classifiers are defined by exploiting the peculiarities of the cascade-classification methodology. The results yielded by the different classifiers are combined by using standard unsupervised combination strategies. This allows the definition of a robust and accurate partially unsupervised classification system capable of analyzing a wide typology of remote-sensing data (e.g., images acquired by passive sensors, SAR images, multisensor and multisource data). Experimental results obtained on a real multitemporal and multisource data set confirm the effectiveness of the proposed system.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Additional Information: Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
    Report Number: DIT-02-026
    Repository staff approval on: 21 Jan 2003

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