Polarimetric SAR Image Classification Using Support Vector Machines

Seisuke FUKUDA  Haruto HIROSAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E84-C   No.12   pp.1939-1945
Publication Date: 2001/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on New Technologies in Signal Processing for Electromagnetic-wave Sensing and Imaging)
support vector machine,  polarimetry,  SAR,  image classification,  kernel,  

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Support vector machines (SVMs), newly introduced in the 1990s, are promising approach to pattern recognition. They are able to handle linearly nonseparable problems without difficulty, by combining the maximal margin strategy with the kernel method. This paper addresses a novel SVM-based classification scheme of land cover from polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data. Polarimetric observations can reveal existing different scattering mechanisms. As the input into SVMs, the polarimetric feature vectors, composed of intensity of each channel, sometimes complex correlation coefficients and textural information, are prepared. Classification experiments with real polarimetric SAR images are satisfactory. Some important properties of SVMs, for example the relation between the number of support vectors and classification accuracy, are also investigated.