Clutter Rejection Using Eigenspace Transformation

Report No. ARL-TR-1997
Authors: Chan, Lipchen A.; Nasrabadi, Nasser M.
Date/Pages: August 1999; 37 pages
Abstract: The goal of our research is to develop an effective and efficient duller rejector with the use of an eigenspace transformation and a multilayer perception (MLP) that can be incorporated into an automatic target recognition (ATR) system. An eigenspace transformation is used for feature extraction and dimensionality reduction. The transformations considered in this research are principal component analysis (PCA) and the eignespace separation transform (EST) . We fed the result of the eigenspace transformation to an MLP that predicts the identity of the input, which is either a target or clutter. Cur proposed clutter rejector was tested on two huge and realistic datasets of second generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imagery for the Comanche helicopter. In general, both the PCA and EST methods performed satisfactorily with minor differences. The EST method performed slightly better when a smaller amount of transformed data were fed to the MLP, or when the positive and negative EST eigentargets were used together.
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