Abstract

The performance of distortion-invariant correlation filters in the presence of background clutter is addressed. Background images are modeled as Markov noise processes, and a synthesis procedure for the optimal filter is described. It is shown that spatially filtering the training set images eliminates the need for the inversion of large noise covariance matrices, thus leading to a computationally efficient filter realization. The effect of errors (in the estimation of clutter correlation coefficient) on filter performance is theoretically analyzed, and a bound on the relative degradation of the SNR due to such errors is presented.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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