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Multiscale Image Segmentation with a Dynamic Label Tree

H. Rehrauer, K. Seidel and M. Datcu
IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS


Automatic information extraction from satellite images is the base of remote sensing image archives with content-based query services. Pyramidal image models based on multiscale Markov random fields in combination with a texture model proved to yield good classification and segmentation results. The texture model is used for initial soft classification and then the optimal segmentation given the classification is found using a hierarchical process. Segment probabilities are calculated in a fine-to-rough analysis and segmentation is performed by a rough-to-fine decision algorithm. Previously proposed models optimise the strength of the dependencies in a fixed hierarchical structure. In our model we allow the dependencies to switch, so that the hierarchical structure itself is optimised. Our model is exactly tractable, achieves very smooth segmentations, even at coarse scale, and can be fast computed.

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  author = {H. Rehrauer and K. Seidel and M. Datcu},
  title = {Multiscale Image Segmentation with a Dynamic Label Tree},
  booktitle = {IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS},
  year = {1998},
  pages = {1772--1774},
  editor = {T. I. Stein},
  keywords = {remote sensing, hierarchical segmentation, multi-scale analysis, random fields}