The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-3/W2
10 Mar 2015
 | 10 Mar 2015


R. Ramak, M. J. Valadan Zouj, and B. Mojaradi

Keywords: Hyperspectral Data Set, Local Linear Spectral Unmixing (LLSU), Maximum Likelihood Classification (MLC)

Abstract. There are a considerable number of mixed pixels in remotely sensed images. Different sub-pixel analyses have been recently developed correspondingly. A well-known method is linear spectral unmixing which obtains an abundance of each endmember in a given pixel. This model assumes that each pixel is a linear combination of all endmembers in a scene. This assumption is not correct since each pixel can only be a composition of some surrounding endmembers. Even though, a fully mathematical technique is used for spectral analysis, the output of the model may not represent the physical nature of the objects over the pixel under test. In this regard, this paper proposes a Local Linear Spectral Unmixing which is based on neighbor pixels classes. Having classified the image, using a supervised classifier, it is scanned through a window of an appropriate size. For each pixel at the center of the window, the endmember matrix is formed only based on the majority classes existed in the window. Then the amount of each one is calculated. The LLSU method was evaluated on an AVIRIS data set collected from an agricultural area of northern Indiana. The results of the proposed method demonstrate a significant improvement in comparison with the LSU results. Moreover, due to the dimension reduction of the endmember matrix in this method, the computation time of the LLSU speeds up by three to eight times compared to the conventional Linear Spectral Unmixing method. As a result, the proposed method is efficient over the spectral unmixing tasks.