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Generalized Aggregation of Sparse Coded Multi-spectral for Satellite Scene Classification

Version 1 : Received: 29 May 2017 / Approved: 30 May 2017 / Online: 30 May 2017 (08:54:08 CEST)

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Han, X.-H.; Chen, Y.-W. Generalized Aggregation of Sparse Coded Multi-Spectra for Satellite Scene Classification. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 175. Han, X.-H.; Chen, Y.-W. Generalized Aggregation of Sparse Coded Multi-Spectra for Satellite Scene Classification. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 175.

Journal reference: ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 175
DOI: 10.3390/ijgi6060175

Abstract

Satellite scene classification is challenging because of the high variability inherent in satellite data. Although rapid progress in remote sensing techniques has been witnessed in recent years, the resolution of the available satellite images remains limited compared with the general images acquired using a common camera. On the other hand, a satellite image usually has a greater number of spectral bands than a general image, thereby permitting the multi-spectral analysis of different land materials and promoting low-resolution satellite scene recognition. This study advocates multi-spectral analysis and explores the middle-level statistics of spectral information for satellite scene representation instead of using spatial analysis. This approach is widely utilized in general image and natural scene classification and achieved promising recognition performance for different applications. The proposed multi-spectral analysis firstly learns the multi-spectral prototypes (codebook) for representing any pixel-wise spectral data, and then based on the learned codebook, a sparse coded spectral vector can be obtained with machine learning techniques. Furthermore, in order to combine the set of coded spectral vectors in a satellite scene image, we propose a hybrid aggregation (pooling) approach, instead of conventional averaging and max pooling, which includes the benefits of the two existing methods but avoids extremely noisy coded values. Experiments on three satellite datasets validated that the performance of our proposed approach is much more accurate than even the deep learning framework for spatial analysis.

Subject Areas

multi-spectral analysis; remote sensing images; sparse coding; generalized aggregation; scene recognition

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