An Efficient Algorithm for Earth Surface Interpretation from Satellite Imagery
Keywords:Landsat, mean-shift algorithm, segmentation, remote sensing.
Many image segmentation algorithms are available but most of them are not fit for interpretation of satellite images. Mean-shift algorithm has been used in many recent researches as a promising image segmentation technique, which has the speed at O(kn2) where n is the number of data points and k is the number of average iteration steps for each data point. This method computes using a brute-force in the iteration of a pixel to compare with the region it is in. This paper proposes a novel algorithm named First-order Neighborhood Mean-shift (FNM) segmentation, which is enhanced from Mean-shift segmentation. This algorithm provides information about the relationship of a pixel with its neighbors; and makes them fall into the same region which improve the speed to O(kn). In this experiment, FNM were compared to well-known algorithms, i.e., K-mean (KM), Constrained K-mean (CKM), Adaptive K-mean (AKM), Fuzzy C-mean (FCM) and Mean-shift (MS) using the reference map from Landsat. FNM provided better results in terms of overall error and correctness criteria.
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