Investigation of Spectral Screening Techniques for Independent Component Analysis Based Hyperspectral Image Processing

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This paper investigates the effect of spectral screening on processing hyperspectral data through Independent Component Analysis (ICA). ICA is a multivariate data analysis method producing components that are statistically independent. In the context of the linear mixture model, the endmember abundances can be viewed as independent components, the endmembers forming the columns of the mixing matrix. In essence, the ICA processing can be seen as an alternative solution to endmember unmixing. In the context of feature extraction, each feature will be represented by an independent component, thus leading to maximum separability among features.Spectral screening is defined as the reduction of the image cube to a subset of representative pixel vectors with the goal of achieving a considerable speedup in further processing. At the base of spectral screening are the measure used to assess the similarity between two pixel vectors and a threshold value. Two pixel vectors are similar if the value yielded by the similarity measure is smaller than the threshold and dissimilar otherwise. The spectral screened subset has to be formed such that any two vectors in the subset are dissimilar and for any vector in the original image cube there is a similar vector in the subset. The method we present uses spectral angle as distance measure. A necessary condition for the success of spectral screening is that the result of processing the reduced subset can be extended to the entire data. Intuitively, a larger subset would lead to increased accuracy. However, the overhead introduced by the spectral screening is directly proportional to the subset size. Our investigation has focused on finding the "ideal" threshold value that maximizes both the accuracy and the speedup. The practical effectiveness of the methods was tested on HYDICE data. The results indicate that considerable speedup is obtained without a considerable loss of accuracy. The presented method leads to a significant increase in computational efficiency allowing faster processing of hyperspectral images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventAlgorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery IX - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 21 Apr 200324 Apr 2003


  • Feature separability
  • Hyperspectral imagery processing
  • Independent component analysis
  • Spectral angle
  • Spectral screening


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