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Abstract

In remote sensing high resolution satellite imagery is widely used. One of the applications of remote sensing is the classification of natural resources. A classical method such as the maximum likelihood classifier, assumes that each class cover has a Gaussian distribution of the reflectance values. Discrimination takes place using all available channels of the image. To improve classification results, image pixels can be grouped into regions i.e. a partitioning of the image (segmentation) can be performed. After the grouping every region is characterised with only one reflectance value in the spectral domain. A method is presented to remove noise from images as a preprocessing step for segmentation. It is based on the analysis of the slope of the gradient profile in a moving window after sorting its elements. By classifying the slope segments, rules can be applied for smoothing. These rules can be adapted for edge preservation.

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Authors: SCHOENMAKERS R P H M, JRC Ispra (IT);STAKENBORG J H T, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 11th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition, The Hague (NL), August 30 - September 3, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37337 ORA
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