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      Fast Superpixel Segmentation Algorithm for PolSAR Images

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          As a pre-processing technique, superpixel segmentation algorithms should be of high computational efficiency, accurate boundary adherence and regular shape in homogeneous regions. A fast superpixel segmentation algorithm based on Iterative Edge Refinement (IER) has shown to be applicable on optical images. However, it is difficult to obtain the ideal results when IER is applied directly to PolSAR images due to the speckle noise and small or slim regions in PolSAR images. To address these problems, in this study, the unstable pixel set is initialized as all the pixels in the PolSAR image instead of the initial grid edge pixels. In the local relabeling of the unstable pixels, the fast revised Wishart distance is utilized instead of the Euclidean distance in CIELAB color space. Then, a post-processing procedure based on dissimilarity measure is empolyed to remove isolated small superpixels as well as to retain the strong point targets. Finally, extensive experiments based on a simulated image and a real-world PolSAR image from Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AirSAR) are conducted, showing that the proposed algorithm, compared with three state-of-the-art methods, performs better in terms of several commonly used evaluation criteria with high computational efficiency, accurate boundary adherence, and homogeneous regularity.

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          Journal
          Journal of Radars
          Chinese Academy of Sciences
          01 October 2017
          : 6
          : 5
          : 564-573
          Affiliations
          [1 ] (College of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China)
          Article
          1b467ea66dae40049614d7778c59ee07
          10.12000/JR17018

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          Technology (General)
          T1-995

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