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Remote sensing data, and radar data in particular, have become an essential tool for enviromental studies. Many airborne polarimetric sensors are currently operational, and many more will be available in the near future including spaceborne platforms. The signal-to-noise ratio of this kind of imagery is lower than that of optical information requiring,(More)
Regionalization is a classification procedure applied to spatial objects with an areal representation, which groups them into homogeneous contiguous regions. This paper presents an efficient method for regionalization. The first step creates a connectivity graph that captures the neighbourhood relationship between the spatial objects. The cost of each edge(More)
—This paper presents the use of a new distribution for fully polarimetric image classification. Several classification strategies are compared in order to assess the importance of a careful statistical modeling of the data and the complementary nature of the information provided by different frequencies. Spatial context, which is relevant in order to obtain(More)
This paper presents a technique for reducing speckle in Po-larimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PolSAR) imagery using Nonlocal Means and a statistical test based on stochastic divergences. The main objective is to select homogeneous pixels in the filtering area through statistical tests between distributions. This proposal uses the complex Wishart model to(More)
A new classifier for Polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) images is proposed and assessed in this paper. Its input consists of segments, and each one is assigned the class which minimizes a stochastic distance. Assuming the complex Wishart model, several stochastic distances are obtained from the h-φ family of divergences, and they are employed to derive hypothesis(More)
—Schistosomiasis mansoni is a disease with social and behavioral characteristics. Snails of the Biomphalaria species, the disease's intermediate host, use water as a vehicle to infect man, the disease main host. In Brazil, six million people are infected. From 1995 to 2005, more than a million positive cases were reported, 27% of them in the state of Minas(More)
—A new class of distributions, G distributions, arising from the multiplicative model is presented in this paper, along with their main properties and relations. Their densities are derived for complex and multilook intensity and amplitude data. Classical distributions, such as K, are particular cases of this new class. A special case of this class called(More)